Coffee and Prostate Cancer
You might have seen headlines connecting drinking lots of coffee to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. These headlines are based on a recent study from China Medical University. Researchers conducted a review on data from 16 studies completed in Europe, the United States and Japan investigating coffee and prostate cancer. Combining the data meant that altogether nearly 1.1 million participants were involved, of whom 57,732 developed prostate cancer. They found that drinking coffee may lower the risk of prostate cancer. Individuals who drank the most coffee had a 9% lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to those drinking the least. The study also noted a 16% increase in survival chances for men with advanced disease who drank more coffee. However, the study found only a link between drinking coffee and prostate cancer. This link, by itself, does not mean that drinking coffee stops people from getting prostate cancer. There are many other unmeasured and uncontrolled factors involved. For instance, people who drink more coffee might be more active, which helps reduce prostate cancer risk.