New Study Suggests Certain Coffee Drinkers May Benefit from a Reduced Cancer Risk

New Study Suggests Certain Coffee Drinkers May Benefit from a Reduced Cancer Risk

In the Harvard study, over 67,000 women, aged 34 to 59, were followed for a period of roughly 26 years.

According to a recent study, your daily cup of coffee may play more of a role than simply shaking off the cobwebs from the night before. A Harvard University study is suggesting that women who consistently drink a few cups of coffee every day for years, or even decades, may reduce their risk of developing cancer of the uterus.

Called endometrium cancer, cancer of the uterus, may have symptoms of abnormal vaginal bleeding, painful sex, pain or trouble when urinating, or pain in the pelvic area. Cancer of the uterus is diagnosed by conducting one or more tests, such as an ultrasound, pelvic exam, or biopsy.

In the Harvard study, over 67,000 women, aged 34 to 59, were followed for a period of roughly 26 years. Published in the Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention journal, the results of the study revealed that the women who drank at least four cups of coffee every day, saw a 25 percent decreased risk of getting cancer of the uterus, or endometrial cancer. When women drank three cups of coffee daily, there risk of developing endometrial cancer dropped by seven percent. While this study may suggest a relationship between coffee and cancer, more research needs to be conducted to prove that drinking coffee can be responsible for reducing cancer risk.

Previous studies have reported that coffee lowers levels of estrogen and insulin, both which are thought to be linked to endometrial cancer. The researchers point out that coffee is best drunk black -- without the cream and sugar, which add calories and fat.

It's not yet clear how coffee offers health improvements, but one theory is that the flavenoids and antioxidants inherent in coffee play an important role. Keep in mind that drinking coffee may be one way to improve health, but maintaining a healthy body weight and staying active is also helpful in reducing cancer risk. Additionally, for some women coffee may have side effects, such as difficulty sleeping, heart palpitations, irritability, heartburn, and even anxiety. Women should certainly discuss with their physicians whether drinking coffee is appropriate for them.