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Posted on APRIL,3 2015

According to an article published in Continuous Update Project (CUP), an ongoing review of cancer prevention research, it is revealed that a relatively higher consumption of coffee may protect you from liver cancer.

Based on 34 studies conducted on 8.2 million people, out of whom over 24,500 people had had liver cancer, regular intake of coffee can also reduce the risk of liver cancer. Apparently, the latest finding on coffee’s action against cancer supports the research that coffee reduces risk of womb cancer, published in 2013 by the World Cancer Research Fund.

Any research around alcohol, coffee, and obesity is of great interest. If you refer to an earlier research about alcohol consumption, it says that about three or more alcoholic drinks per day can cause liver cancer. The recent finding that consumption of coffee can reduces risk of liver cancer indicates that there is much scope left in the research around coffee and cancer.

The research shows that coffee and coffee extracts reduce the expression of certain genes, which are involved in inflammation, more pronounced in the liver. The effect of coffee on liver cancer has been largely to studies in animals. Evidence of small intervention studies from few researches on human beings has revealed that coffee consumption reduces damage of DNA in blood cells. The study also showed that it also prevents ex vivo-induced DNA damage. The findings of the research concluded that consumption of one cup of coffee a day reduces the risk of developing liver cancer reduces by about 14%.

Talking on the research, Dr. Kate Allen, Executive Director of Science and Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund International, said, “The new findings around alcohol, obesity, and coffee are particularly interesting. There are also interesting new suggestions relating to exercise and fish. Significantly decreased risk of liver cancer' per one cup of coffee per day.”

The publication panel at CUP has also confirmed that the effect of coffee and a cancer reducing mechanism is evident. The dose-response meta-analysis reduces risk of liver cancer significantly. However, the evidence is better consistent for men and not for women. Further, the particular component of coffee attributed to this reduced liver cancer risk is not evident yet. There can be various components, such as caffeine, sugar, and milk, which can be attributed for the same. If the findings of the research are medically affirmed, it may save lives of over 24,500 people dying from liver and intrahepatic duct cancers alone in the USA.

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