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Drinking Coffee Can Reduce the Risk of Developing Endometrial Cancer

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Here’s some good news for coffee fans: a new report suggests that regularly consuming the hot beverage can significantly reduce one’s chances of developing endometrial cancer.

Endometrial cancer affects the female reproductive system. Cancers emerge in the cells lining the uterus, the area where a fetus grows when a woman is pregnant. In most cases cancer occurs after a woman has gone through menopause. In 2012 endometrial cancer claimed 76,000 American lives.

Now, a new report published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention shows that consuming four cups of coffee each day could reduce the risk of developing endometrial cancer by an incredible 19 per cent. The report also revealed that consuming carbohydrates and butter increased one’s risk of developing endometrial cancer.

The report is based on three studies — including the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) and the Nurses’ Health Studies (I and II) — involving thousands of women from around the world.

This is not the first report to link coffee consumption with reduced risk of developing endometrial cancer. A 2011 study involving almost 70,000 women showed that regularly drinking coffee could cut a woman’s chance of getting endometrial cancer by 25 per cent.

That said, researchers still aren’t sure why coffee has such an impact on endometrial cancer — which is why they’re calling for more studies on the topic. “Further data are needed to confirm these findings and to examine the mechanisms linking coffee intake to endometrial cancer risk to develop improved prevention strategies,” the report’s authors concluded.

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