Drinking Coffee Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk
Coffee drinkers rejoice! People who own Starbucks shares also rejoice!
A new study published by in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has found that drinking coffee reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Not only that, if a coffee drinker does get prostate cancer, he is significantly less likely to get the lethal form.
‘So how much coffee must I drink?’ I hear the eager amongst you asking and rubbing your caffeine induced trembling hands in anticipation. Well here’s more good news. The more the merrier!
Drinking 6 cups of coffee a day will reduce prostate cancer risk by 20% and risk of developing the lethal form of prostate cancer by 60%. Even if you cannot manage to chug down 6 skinny lattes a day do not fret. People who drink 1 to 3 cups of coffee a day still has a 30% reduced risk of developing the lethal spreading form of prostate cancer.
But of course not many of us would want to trade prostate cancer prevention with chronic insomnia. Well, here’s even more good news. It was found in the same study that de-caffeinated coffee conferred the same amount of protection against prostate cancer as regular coffee.
Previous studies had shown how coffee can lower the risk of developing breast cancer, liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, gallstone disease, diabetes type 2, and Parkinson’s disease.
So the next time your boss frowns when you take your well deserved coffee break, you are fully entitled to the comeback ‘you mean you want me to get prostate cancer?’
Prostate Cancer Facts:
1. 3rd most common cancer affecting men in Singapore
2. Early prostate cancer has no symptoms
3. Screening for prostate cancer is recommended in all men from 50 years old or younger if there are risk factors.
4. Screening for prostate cancer involves a blood test for PSA and a digital rectal examination
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Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.