Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Coffee may prevent colon cancer for women

coffee may prevent colon cancer Reuters/Yahoo!News 8/1/07 "Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day may cut the risk of colon cancer in women by half...Researchers from Tokyo's National Cancer Center studied data from more than 96,000 men and women aged between 40-69 over a period of up to 12 years from 1990, a member of the team said on Wednesday. They found no significant benefit in men..."In Japan, almost all the male population drinks alcohol and there are a large number of smokers," said Manami Inoue of the research team. "There may be some benefit from coffee for men, but it may be that we were unable to adjust for these factors."...The mechanism by which coffee may prevent cancer is unknown, Inoue said. The caffeine it contains could stimulate the working of the colon, or the effect could be due to coffee's antioxidant properties, she said..."

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