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Coffee tied to lower prostate cancer risk
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[parts of this thread were copied from our old forum]

"Few studies have specifically studied the association of coffee intake and the risk of lethal prostate cancer, the form of the disease that is the most critical to prevent. Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer," said senior author Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Men who regularly drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of developing a lethal form of prostate cancer, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. The lower risk was evident among men who drank regular or decaffeinated coffee.

The study was published May 17 in an online edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

"Few studies have specifically studied the association of coffee intake and the risk of lethal prostate cancer, the form of the disease that is the most critical to prevent. Our study is the largest to date to examine whether coffee could lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer," said senior author Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH.

Lethal prostate cancer is cancer that causes death or spreads to the bones. Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among U.S. men, affecting one in six men during their lifetime. More than 2 million men in the United States and 16 million men worldwide are prostate cancer survivors.

"At present we lack an understanding of risk factors that can be changed or controlled to lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer..If our findings are validated, coffee could represent one modifiable factor that may lower the risk of developing the most harmful form of prostate cancer ," said lead author Kathryn Wilson, a research fellow in epidemiology at HSPH.

The researchers chose to study coffee because it contains many beneficial compounds that act as antioxidants, reduce inflammation, and regulate insulin, all of which may influence prostate cancer. Coffee has been associated in prior studies with a lower risk of Parkinson,s disease , type 2 diabetes, gallstone disease, and liver cancer.

The study examined the association between coffee consumption and the risk of prostate cancer, particularly the risk for aggressive prostate cancer, among 47,911 U.S. men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study who reported their coffee consumption every four years from 1986 to 2008. During the study period, 5,035 cases of prostate cancer were reported, including 642 fatal or metastatic cases.

Among the findings:
Men who consumed the most coffee (six or more cups daily) had nearly a 20 percent lower risk of developing any form of prostate cancer.
The inverse association with coffee was even stronger for aggressive prostate cancer. Men who drank the most coffee had a 60 percent lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer.
The reduction in risk was seen whether the men drank decaffeinated or regular coffee, and does not appear to be due to caffeine.
Drinking one to three cups of coffee per day was associated with a 30 percent lower risk of lethal prostate cancer.

Coffee drinkers were more likely to smoke and less likely to exercise, behaviors that may increase advanced prostate cancer risk. These and other lifestyle factors were controlled for in the study.

The results need to be validated in additional populations that have a range of coffee exposure and a large number of lethal prostate cancer cases. If confirmed, the data would add to the list of other potential health benefits of coffee. The authors are planning additional studies to understand specific mechanisms by which coffee may lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer.

The study was supported by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, the American Institute for Cancer Research, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/20...ncer-risk/

SuperSleeper wrote:
Good news indeed! Coffee

Yaatri wrote:
Dec 2006, I was told by my doctor after the finger exam that I needed to see a urologist and have my prostate checked out. I was really busy at work, and forgot about it. After I lost my job, I didn;t see a doctor for a year and half or two. In March Sept 2009 my doctor went through my records and asked me "did you see the urologist?" I was scared to death. It had been nearly 3 years since he thought there might be something. Anyway, I made an appointment with a urologist, had a biopsy done. There was no evidence of cancer and my PSA was normal too.

Could be the caffeine?

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Now this is MY kind of study.... yowser! Coffee

Drink up, everyone! Coffee CoffeeCoffee

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#3
And, I've had to give up coffee and other things as part of my condition management....well, I could drink decaf...but I'd rather not.
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Did you know coffee has been around since 11th century
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I would have been an outlier in that study. I drink between 4 to 6 cups of coffee each day. I had prostrate cancer and had my prostrate removed before my 58th birthday. Keep drinking coffee because you like it. If you are 40 or older, see a urologist for the digital exam and get a PSA blood test.
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I used to drink lots of coffee... hopefully that'll keep me safe now that I've stopped.

But, I've been getting PSA tests regularly and I've had the urologist give me the exam, etc. Dad had prostate cancer just after 65. Though he wasn't much of a coffee drinker (usually like maybe a cup on Sunday)....sometimes there isn't any around when I visit them.

My mom and my brother won't touch it.

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