• Men Should Wake Up and Drink the Coffee

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    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.

    Cancer charities
    and experts urged caution, saying more research was needed and lifestyle
    factors played a bigger role. So what is proven to protect against
    the disease?

    Q. Can coffee
    prevent prostate cancer?


    Peet's Coffee & Tea

    A. It
    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
    the results.

    Q. Should
    I start to increase my intake of coffee?

    A. Drinking
    more coffee would not be advisable, not least because of the side
    effects of drinking too much caffeine.

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    December
    14, 2009

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