AACR Logo Considering that coffee is one of the most widely used beverages, if it shows up a positive effect on the body, it will undoubtedly be of help. A new study by scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health has put forward that consumption of coffee may cut the risk for endometrial cancer.

The scientists believed that coffee is slowly surfacing out as a cancer protective agent which is usually associated with obesity, estrogen and insulin. As part of the investigation, about 67,470 women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study were examined.

“Coffee has already been shown to be protective against diabetes due to its effect on insulin. So we hypothesized that we’d see a reduction in some cancers as well,” remarked Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D., professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

The follow-up spanned through 26 years where the team stumbled upon nearly 672 cases of endometrial cancer. The results showed that consuming above 4 cups of coffee each day was seemingly correlated to 25% decreased risk for endometrial cancer. 2 to 3 cups of coffee was linked to 7% reduced risk for this cancer.

For decaffeinated coffee, drinking above 2 cups everyday supposedly cut endometrial cancer risk by 22%. In this study, coffee consumption was not random, but self selected. There are many people who drink coffee and smoke too. In this case, the negative influences of smoking apparently surpassed the shielding traits of coffee, thus being of no help in any way. The analysts concluded that coffee has several antioxidants as compared to many vegetables and fruits, which is one clear advantage.

The study is published in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) journal, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.