A POPULAR drink can reduce a woman’s risk of nasty cancers by 29%, if you drink enough.
Endometrial cancer is the most common form of uterine cancer in the UK and grows in the lining of the uterus.
Uterine cancer is the 4th most common form among cancer in women in the UK, is diagnosed 9,700 times a year and results in 2,400 deaths.
Scientists don’t know what causes cancer, although there are several risk factors, such as older age and greater exposure to the hormone estrogen.
But there are things women can do to help prevent the disease — and drinking coffee could be one of them.
According to a new study led by the Japan Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the hot drink enjoyed by millions may have the potential to protect against endometrial cancer.
The researchers analyzed 24 studies on coffee intake, involving more than 699,000 people, including 9,800 cases of endometrial cancer.
Those who drank the most coffee had a 29% lower risk of developing endometrial cancer than those who didn’t drink much.
It’s not clear how many cuppas they have per day.
However, health experts often say that you should try and limit caffeine to 400mg per day – about four cups instant coffee.
No link found between cancer risk and no caffeine coffee consumption.
Coffee is a complex mixture of more than 1,000 chemicals.
In its natural form, it contains several chemical components including catechins, caffeine, ferulic and coumaric acids.
These are all phenolic compounds that, according to the researchers, promote a healthy lifestyle thanks to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Coffee was previously thought to help with better weight control as well as a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Obesity and having diabetes are two factors that have been linked to a higher risk of endometrial cancer, according to the NHS.
This analysis found that women with a higher body mass index (BMI) – a measurement of weight relative to height – had a higher risk of endometrial cancer.
As a result, the researchers say, women with a higher BMI may benefit more from “increased coffee consumption than women with a lower BMI.”
They added: “Coffee consumption is significantly associated with improved insulin sensitivity, and improved postprandial glycemic control in diabetics is associated with a higher risk of endometrial cancer. “
The team says the concentration of healthy compounds found in coffee can vary based on their brewing method.
However, before this link is confirmed, the researchers explain that more studies will be needed to further explore this.
Furthermore, this beverage has been shown to reduce the risk of other cancers, such as liver, and death from other causes.
“Further studies with large sample sizes… are needed to obtain more information on the benefits of coffee drinking in relation to endometrial cancer risk,” the authors said.
What are the symptoms of uterine cancer?
The most common symptom of uterine cancer is abnormal bleeding from the vagina.
According to NHS Choices, bleeding can start as light bleeding with water, which can get worse over time.
Since most women are diagnosed having gone through menopause, any vaginal bleeding would be unusual.
In women who have not gone through menopause, periods may be heavier than usual or women may experience bleeding between periods.
- abnormal bleeding
- pain in lower abdomen
- pain during sex
- loss of appetite
If you are concerned about any of these symptoms, you should see your GP.
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