PISCATAWAY, NJ (CBS) – New research out of Rutgers University shows drinking coffee may reduce the risk of skin cancer caused by the sun.
Dr. Allan Conney has been studying the link between caffeine and skin cancer for 10 years. He says drinking coffee or making a topical cream out of caffeine can kill cells that have been badly damaged by ultraviolet light.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force To Announce Teacher Vaccination Initiative
“The epidemiology studies indicate that for each cup of coffee you drink there’s about a 5 percent decrease in the risk of sunlight induced skin cancer,” Dr. Conney said. “So, if one drank three cups of coffee a day, you would have about a 15 percent decreased risk of skin cancer.”READ MORE: Brotherly Love: Northeast Philadelphia Man, Family Bringing Joy To Hundreds Of Children Through Bikes
The work was conducted by researchers at Rutger’s School of Pharmacy and the University of Washington. The National Cancer Institute says more than one million cases of skin cancer caused by sun exposure are diagnosed each year.MORE NEWS: 3 Men Wanted For Stealing ATM From Convenience Store In Brewerytown, Philadelphia Police Say
Reported by Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio 1060