Drinking coffee might help prevent skin cancer

July 2, 2012

A new study published in the journal Cancer Research claims caffeine lowers a person's chances of developing basal cell carcinoma.

Researchers looked at data from more than 112,000 people and those drinking more caffeinated coffee developed on average less basal cell skin cancer.

Coffee drinkers aren't the only ones in luck.

Caffeine seemed to be the key factor -- so tea, cola and chocolate may also cut a person's cancer risk.

However, doctors say people shouldn't ditch the sun screen or drink coffee by the gallons based on this study.

More research is needed to better understand why caffeine cuts the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.

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