Coffee the answer to skin cancer…?

Are you a coffee lover? Does coffee help you stay awake? Then next time you have a cup of coffee there is another reason to enjoy it, your cup of coffee is a way to reduce the risk of skin cancer!

Basal cell carcinoma is type of skin cancer which grows slowly and leads to considerable morbidity. Usual treatment for this cancer includes excision, cryosurgery, photodynamic therapy, electrodessication, etc.

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But if these treatments sound scary then there is a better way out! Recent studies including about 112,800 participants indicated that, increase in caffeinated coffee intake reduces the risk of this type of skin cancer and also Parkinson’s disease and type II diabetes.

Although it was also observed that there was no further reduction in the risk of basal cell carcinoma while increasing the consumption of decaffeinated coffee, the published mouse data showed that caffeine blocked formation of skin tumours. Other than increasing coffee and caffeine intake, the basal cell carcinoma can be avoided by using sunscreens which block UAV as well as UVB.

The basal cell carcinoma is divided into melanoma and squamous cell skin cancer which are considered more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma. Caffeine and coffee intake proved to be only inversely associated with basal cell carcinoma and not the other two types of skin cancer! (Which is just a fun fact to remember)

While caffeine is a way to reduce risk of basal cell carcinoma, just remember, too much is too bad.

One cup of coffee a day can help help keep skin cancer at bay!

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