Prevent Prostate Cancer? Drink Coffee, Lots of It

Prostate cancer -- and the avoidance of it -- has become a very confusing, frustrating experience for most men.  Have a prostate specific antigen (PSA). Don't have a PSA. Have a biopsy if something is found. Don't have a biopsy.  What's a guy to do?

Talk to your urologist probably, but a new study says it may all just be solved with coffee.  The study has found that three to four cups of java a day is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer recurrence and progression, according to newswise.com.

Researchers studied whether the bioactive compounds in coffee and tea may prevent prostate cancer recurrence and delay progression of the disease and found that "men who drank four or more cups of coffee per day experienced a 59 percent reduced risk of prostate cancer recurrence and/or progression as compared to those who drank only one or fewer cups per week," newswise.com reports.

But before you get too excited, the study found no link between drinking more coffee and dying from prostate cancer, although the study may not have included enough men to definitively prove this.

The population-based study involved 1,001 prostate cancer survivors (of which 630 answered questions about coffee consumption), aged 35-74 years old at the time of diagnosis between 2002-2005, who were residents of King County, Wash., who were asked about their diet and beverage consumption two years prior to prostate cancer diagnosis. They were also asked about demographic and lifestyle information, family history of cancer, medication use and prostate cancer screening history.

The study also evaluated daily coffee consumption in relation to prostate cancer-specific death in 894 patients using data from the initial questions asked. After the median follow-up period of eight-and-a-half years, 125 of the men had died, including 38 specifically from prostate cancer, according to newswise.com.

It's thought that the phytochemicals in coffee have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.  Caffeine has properties that retard cell growth and cancer, of course, is out-of-control cell division.

"The investigators also noted limits to their study, which included a lack of data on how coffee consumption might have changed following diagnosis, whether the coffee that participants consumed was caffeinated or decaffeinated, and how the coffee was prepared (espresso, boiled or filtered), a factor that may affect the bioactive properties of the brew," newswise.com points out.





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