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Coffee Wards Off Cancer 286

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the thats-my-excuse dept.
Thorfinn.au writes "A new study indicates that heavy coffee drinking staves off deadly prostate cancer in men. Some 47,911 US men were surveyed over the period 1986 to 2008 for the research. During this time some 5,035 of them developed prostate cancer with 642 dying of it. According to analysis by investigating scientists, men who drank the most coffee (a fairly normal six-plus cups per day) had a 20 per cent lower risk of developing any kind of prostate cancer. If they did get prostate cancer, the java-swillers were much less likely to die from it than others: their risk of deadly prostate cancer was no less than 60 per cent lower than normal. Even less thirsty coffee drinkers who only put away one to three cups daily saw their chance of deadly prostate cancer fall by a useful 30 per cent."
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  • by pr0t0 (216378) on Wednesday May 18, 2011 @08:47AM (#36165060)

    Not only does coffee help prevent prostate cancer, but so does regular masturbation too. A study came out in 2003, and then resurfaced in 2008 and 2010 that men who masturbate regularly can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer by as much as 40%.

    So while nearly all men will get prostate cancer if they live long enough, I sure as hell won't!

    Starbucks and Kleenex: the path to a long and happy life.

  • Re:Diuretic (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Lumpy (12016) on Wednesday May 18, 2011 @08:59AM (#36165266) Homepage

    Maybe that you are drinking a large amount of fluid has something to do with it?

    Drink the same amount of water in the same time period... Lookie same effect.

  • by cayenne8 (626475) on Wednesday May 18, 2011 @09:35AM (#36165748) Homepage Journal
    Well, over the past couple years....been trying to change the diet...lower carb, more fresh foods.

    One part of that change for me is....drastically cutting down caffeine...this mostly came from cokes and other soft drinks.

    I read the headline and it said 6 or so cups a day of coffee are NORMAL?!?!?! Geez.....I'd be climbing the walls. Do people actually normally drink that much coffee a day?

    Maybe it is me...I was not a coffee drinking till maybe the past 2-4 years. I like the New Orleans strong stuff...with chicory...and some times make some on Sunday mornings. It is strong and I like to cut it with heavy cream, and some booze (brandy, Kahlua, whatever's handy). But man..usually on the 2nd cup, I'm so wired that I can start to see my heart beat under my shirt....

    I don't see how anyone could drink over 6 cups a day on average. I know I'm a bit sensitive to caffeine now that I've cut back a few years...but wow...

  • Re:Coffee Lobby (Score:2, Interesting)

    by cyberchondriac (456626) on Wednesday May 18, 2011 @12:15PM (#36168082) Journal

    Is it just me or does there seem to be a serious coffee lobby / PR organization at work here? No exaggeration, every three months for the last couple decades I've seen some story about the benefits of coffee on health.

    I wouldn't be surprised. Where are the studies about drinking tea, and not just green tea, but typical black tea?
    Those insensitive clods, I stopped drinking coffee about 4 years ago and switched to tea, either Earl Grey or Chai. Some coffees can leave you with nasty breath too. My wife has "instant coffee" breath after breakfast, yuck.

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