Coffee consumption and the risk of cancer: an overview.

Research Center for Military Health, Yaounde, Cameroon.
Cancer letters (Impact Factor: 5.02). 10/2008; 277(2):121-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.canlet.2008.08.022
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ABSTRACT Habitual coffee drinking has been associated with a reduced risk of mortality and chronic diseases, including cancer. The favourable influence of coffee is supported by several plausible mechanisms due to the presence of a variety of biological compounds such as caffeine, diterpenes, caffeic acid, polyphenols as well as volatile aroma and heterocyclic substances. Current evidence suggests that coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of liver, kidney, and to a lesser extent, premenopausal breast and colorectal cancers, while it is unrelated to prostate, pancreas and ovary cancers. Coffee drinking may still help reduce death due to liver cancer.

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