Caffeine might lower odds of getting ovarian cancer

January 22, 2008 2:48:48 PM PST
A new study finds caffeine appears to lower a woman's chances of developing ovarian cancer.

The benefit for caffeine drinkers also seemed strongest for women who had never used oral contraceptives or postmenopausal hormones. The study in the journal Cancer says the risk also appears to decline the more total caffeine and coffee a woman consumed. Decaf coffee had no apparent benefit.

Ovarian cancer is a disease that's more common after age 50 and there are often mild or no symptoms until the disease has progressed.