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Coffee is key in the fight against melanoma

28 January 2015

Research carried out by Erikka Loftfield at the National Cancer institute based at the Yale school of public health has found that consumption of coffee may be beneficial in preventing melanoma

Melanoma is a cancer which affects the skin and is predominant, being the 5th common form of cancer within the US. It is often attributed to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, but in general the cancer is not well understood.

By using dietary data obtained from nearly half a million participants, it was found that a higher coffee intake showed a moderate reduction in the likelihood of developing melanoma using hazard variable analysis of the supplied data.

This data is likely to lead into further research into the anti-cancer properties of coffee and its components (particularly caffeine), but the results of some testing already carried out suggests that the conclusions of this study are not implausible. In-vitro studies show that coffee constituents suppress UV induced melanoma formation by a variety of actions including restriction of DNA methylation, inflammation reduction in dermal cells and a reduction in oxidative stress and DNA damage.

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