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Coffee drinking ‘halves mouth cancer risk’

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

Drinking four cups of coffee a day could cut a person’s chances of developing mouth cancer in the future, according to a new study.

Research showed that while drinking tea had no impact on the likelihood of being diagnosed with mouth cancer later in life, coffee drinkers were able to halve their chances.

Findings published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggested multiple biologically active compounds present in coffee could help to keep mouth cancer at bay, reports the Daily Mail.

“In animal and cell cultures, no single anti-cancer mechanism has been identified but rather many pathways appear to be involved, depending upon the specific compound and anatomic site,” the authors of the report said.

A previous study by a different team of researchers found four cups of coffee a day slashed cancer risk by 39 per cent and it is thought the impact is even present in smokers and those who consume alcohol.

Drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco are known to be two of the biggest risk factors in developing mouth cancer.

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