Coffee as a cancer fighter is in the news again, but this time it’s not so much the medical aspect of coffee’s anti-cancer heroism, but the doctors that are praising it that is newsworthy. The YOU Docs, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen of TV fame posted a Christmas Eve article on several cancers and the recommended dose of coffee to fight them. It’s a convenient and concise list that coffee lovers might like to save.
The docs have good news for both men and women. For women, lately we’ve heard a lot about endometrial cancer. At least four cups a day seem to provide a 25% decreased risk of developing this kind of cancer. For men, from one to six cups daily of regular or even decaf provide a benefit against the most dangerous kind of prostate cancer. An interesting point is that for this prostate cancer, both decaf and regular provide the same benefit. When it comes to breast cancer, on the other hand, only regular coffee provides the benefit. In this case, at least five cups a day lower the risk of developing certain breast cancers after menopause by 50%.
Having such well-respected doctors standing behind coffee as a cancer fighter gives the evidence that much more credibility. Dr. Oz, a vice-chair of surgery and professor of cardiac surgery at Columbia University, also directs the Cardiovascular Institute and is a founder and director of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Columbia. Dr. Roizen, Chair of the Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic, practices both internal medicine and anesthesiology at this well-known clinic. It’s always good news to hear the benefits to be gained in drinking our favorite beverage, and though there are no guarantees, it helps to find support for coffee’s goodness from well-respected medical practitioners. Brew on in good health.
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