Coffee May Reduce Oral Cancer Risk

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012, 10:38 pm

If you want to reduce your risk of oral cancer you should drink caffeinated coffee. That is according to a new American Cancer Society study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Yes, it will stain your teeth but regular dental visits to polish the stains away can take care of that!Coffee may help protect against oral cancer.

It seems that people who drank more than four cups of regular coffee, not the decaf kind, per day had about half the risk of death as compared to those who rarely or never drank coffee. Previous studies had suggested that coffee intake was associated with a reduced risk of oral cancers. This study looked at the association between caffeinated coffee, decaf coffee, and tea drinking with fatal oral cancers. It seems that drinking tea doesn’t offer protection and drinking less coffee per day offers some protection but not as much as 4 cups.

“Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world and contains a variety of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other biologically active compounds that may help protect against development or progression of cancers,” said lead author Janet Hildebrand.

Screening for oral cancer is a regular part of your dental examination – did you know that? If you have not had a recent dental checkup please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-2581 to schedule your visit.

Oral cancers are very treatable if discovered early so don’t avoid this important health screening.

 

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