Phoenix/Arizona – Researchers at the renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute found that daily coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of dying of colorectal cancer early. Therapy failures were also less frequent if patients consumed coffee regularly. The effect could be observed with both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. The research was recently presented in the journal “JAMA Oncology”.
People who drink coffee every day seem to live longer if they develop colorectal cancer than people who do not consume coffee. This is the conclusion of a recent study that evaluated data from more than 1,100 people undergoing treatment for colorectal cancer.
As this is an observational study, the reason for this association is still unclear. The research team is putting forward the thesis that the substances contained in coffee are responsible for the life-prolonging effect. Coffee contains thousands of ingredients whose effects on the body are only rudimentarily understood. For example, coffee contains substances to which stimulating, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even tumor-inhibiting effects are attributed.
The team analyzed data from a total of 1,171 patients treated for metastatic colorectal cancer. They found that those who drank two to three cups of coffee a day lived longer overall and had a longer time before the disease worsened than those who did not drink coffee. In the group of people who consumed more than four cups of coffee per day, the effect was even more pronounced.
Why does coffee have this effect?
“It is known that several ingredients in coffee have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other properties that may be effective against cancer,” explains Chen Yuan, one of the study authors. This is also consistent with earlier study results that showed that higher coffee consumption improves survival in stage 3 colon cancer.
“Although it is premature to recommend high coffee consumption as a possible treatment for colorectal cancer, our study suggests that coffee drinking is not harmful and could potentially be beneficial,” added Kimmie Ng from the study group. However, further research is needed to determine whether the effect is actually a causal relationship. In addition, it must be found out which ingredients in coffee are responsible for the benefit. (vb)
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