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Coffee Reduces Risk of Uterine Cancer, Study Shows

cup of coffeeLong-time caffeinated coffee drinkers who consume four or more cups per day may be reducing their risk of endometrial cancer — the most common form of uterine cancer — by as much as 30 percent, according to a study published last week by Harvard researchers.

“Consistent with other reports, this study suggests that women who drink coffee, regular or decaf, are at reduced risk of endometrial cancer,” said researcher Edward Giovannucci, MD, ScD, a Harvard professor of nutrition and epidemiology.

About 46,470 new cases of endometrial cancer — which occurs in the womb, the inner lining of the uterus — and 8,120 deaths are expected in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society.

The study was derived from the Nurses’ Health Study, which has involved more than 67,000 women over the past 27 years.

 

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