Morning Coffee Protect You Against Melanoma – Part 3 of 3
And “We certainly cannot rule that out as a possibility”. This isn’t the first study to look into the effect that coffee drinking might have on cancer risk, said Dr Len Lichtenfeld, surrogate chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. “Coffee has been around the block several times in a variety of cancers, in terms of whether it increases or decreases risk,” he said, noting that the findings have been very mixed.
Lichtenfeld said the researchers behind the original study made a good basic science case for the possibility that coffee might protect against skin cancer. However, because this reading was not a clinical trial, it didn’t prove cause and effect. “As a result of that, one cannot conclude that in ‘real life’ coffee actually decreases the risk of melanoma.
Even with these findings, Loftfield said forebears should not rely on coffee to protect them from melanoma. Sunscreen, long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat will do more than a mug of java ever could. “The main message really is that sun and ultraviolet radiation revelation are the major risk factors for melanoma videos. It is important to study other factors to better understand the cause of this disease, but we must keep these major risk factors in mind”.