Could an increase in coffee consumption reduce skin cancer risk?

The study of 447,000 participants revealed that individuals who drank four or more cups of caffeinated coffee each day for 10 years, were in fact at a 20 percent lower risk of developing skin cancer than those who consumed less than one cup per day.

The volunteers had an average age of 63 at the start of the study, and were all free of malignant melanoma. By the end, almost 3,000 had been diagnosed with skin cancer.

Previous analysis has shown that caffeine can trigger the death of UV-damaged cells but leave healthy ones unharmed. Alcohol, smoking and sun exposure was taken in to account.

The researchers have stated that their finding is preliminary, and more research in to this area is warranted, to fully understand and appreciate the benefits of caffeine.

Mr Per Hall,Clinical Director for SkinHealth UK,said “Whilst there are some promising conclusions in the research, there are also drawbacks. Whilst the study did take in to account how sunny the volunteer’s hometown was, it did not ask how often they went out in strong sun, whether they are protected or how likely they were to get sunburn”.

The rise of the package holiday has taken a large amount of blame when it comes to malignant melanoma, owing to the fact that is now five times more common than in the 1970s.

“Whilst the UK sun in January isn’t strong enough to cause sunburn, you should ensure you are protected from strong sun if you are heading off for a winter break abroad or going skiing, Mr Per Hall added.

About SkinHealth UK

At SkinHealthUK, we know that early detection of skin cancer is crucial and saves lives. This is why we offer state of the art skin cancer screening in private clinics across the UK for individuals and corporates wishing to offer occupational health screening to their employees.

Our service offers:

Mole screening and skin examination service for early detection of skin cancers

2nd Opinion – a follow up with a dermatologist if abnormalities are detected during screening

One Stop Clinic – A more detailed check where further diagnosis is required and mole removal can take place