Researchers state that the findings need yet to be confirmed through more solid research, and people should not make any recommendations to others to start drinking several cups of coffee per day. However, heavy coffee drinkers at least can now see a good point in this habit which is regarded many times not healthy.
The study paper has been published in the American Journal of Epidemiology on December 9. The lead author of the study was Janet Hildebrand and her team of colleagues from the American Cancer Society of Atlanta.
There have been quite many epidemiological studies done in the past, where coffee drinking has been linked to a reduced risk of developing oral cancer. The beneficial ingredient in the coffee is not its caffeine content, but all the rich polyphenols and antioxidants which are known to prevent cellular damage in the human system.
Hildebrand and her colleagues used for the study data which came from the Cancer Prevention Study II. This is basically an in depth study on cancer which has been started about 30 years ago, by the American Cancer Society.
At the point when the study started, as many as 968,432 women and men have been asked plenty of lifestyle questions. Among these, they were asked about their habits of tea and coffee consumption.
When the study started there were no subjects involved who had cancer, but ever since as many as 868 have died because oral cancer (mouth cancer or throat cancer).
Researchers started analyzing the data, and found that people who said at the time they drink even more than 4 cups of coffee per day, faced a lower risk by 49% of dying from oral cancer when compared to people who did not drink coffee regularly.
In order to bring scientific support that caffeinated coffee consumption indeed lowers the risk of mouth or throat cancer, there is still more solid research needed. Until coffee will be prescribed for cancer prevention, there is still a long journey but in the meantime…enjoy your hot cup!