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Drinking Coffee May Cut Oral Cancer Risk In Half

Drinking Coffee May Cut Oral Cancer Risk In Half

Researchers have discovered that drinking coffee may lower your risk for oral and pharyngeal cancers.

Researchers looked at 968,432 men and women enrolled in the Cancer Prevention Study II, a study conducted by the American Cancer Society starting in 1992. They took a closer look at the subjects' intake of coffee and tea. More than 97 percent of the people drank coffee or tea, with more than 60 percent drinking at least one cup of coffee a day.

The researchers don't know why coffee can stop oral or pharynx cancers, but coffee is known to have compounds that have anti-cancer compounds. Right now they can't say if coffee was the main reason why certain people didn't get these cancers since they only looked at the number of deaths and not the diagnosis.

According to the National Cancer Institute, about 40,250 men and women will be diagnosed with cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx in 2012. Approximately 7,850 people will die from the disease.

by RTT Staff Writer

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