Girl Exercising Generally, we observe tanning beds and sunlight being associated with skin cancer. Experts at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have now put forward that a combination of exercise and caffeine may help in restraining sunlight-related skin cancer.

A set of mice with high risk for breast cancer was exposed to caffeine and exercise. As compared to the control group, the group receiving the combo apparently manifested 67% fewer skin cancers. Moreover, the volume of the tumors appeared to reduce by 85% relative to the controls. In case of caffeine and exercise used singlehandedly, the beneficial effects were relatively less.

“We found that this combination treatment can decrease sunlight-caused skin cancer formation in a mouse model,” commented Yao-Ping Lu, Ph.D., associate research professor of chemical biology and director of skin cancer prevention at the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in Piscataway, N.J.

Basically, caffeine and exercise lowered weight and inflammation in the body. This was possibly one reason for their protective effect against obesity-related cancer. The trial also suggested that fat and cancer may be linked as the mice devoid of cancer also carried lower levels of body fat. This form of treatment was seemingly effective in warding off sunlight-related cancer.

The team believed that the revelations could hold good for humans as well. These findings were presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2012.