A daily cup
of coffee has been revealed as the latest weapon in the battle against
prostate cancer – the most common form of cancer in men, with 35,000
diagnoses and 10,000 deaths a year.
A new study
from the Harvard Medical School in America found those who regularly
drank the beverage were 60 per cent less likely to develop fast-growing,
hard-to-treat forms of the cancer, than others.
and experts urged caution, saying more research was needed and lifestyle
factors played a bigger role. So what is proven to protect against
Q. Can coffee
prevent prostate cancer?
certainly looks as if it may help. The study from the US followed
patients over a 20-year period, and showed those who drank coffee
were less likely to develop the cancer. It is still unclear which
component of the coffee is responsible, although it is not thought
to be caffeine. The trial followed 50,000 men; that is not a huge
number for a scientific trial, so more studies are needed to substantiate
I start to increase my intake of coffee?
more coffee would not be advisable, not least because of the side
effects of drinking too much caffeine.