Good news to all the coffee drinkers out there: drinking coffee could help colon cancer patients beat the disease, according to new research.
The research team studied nearly 1,000 people with Stage III colon cancer. They completed questionnaires about more than 130 different food and drink items.
The researchers found that those who drank four or more cups of caffeinated coffee every day had 52 percent lower odds of disease recurrence or death compared to those that did not drink coffee. Patients that drank two or three cups of coffee per day showed similar results, but to a lesser extent.
"If patients are already drinking coffee regularly I would certainly say go ahead and continue to do so," said Dr. Fuchs, the lead author and director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. "But we need to look at this some more. And meanwhile, there are plenty of healthy lifestyle choices that can help, including avoiding obesity, avoiding a high-carb diet, and avoiding sugary beverages, to name a few."
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