A cup of coffee a day can help keep skin cancer at bay, according to a new study.
Researchers found increasing the number of cups of caffeinated coffee you drink could lower your risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma.
Doctor Jiali Han, associate professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the United States, said: 'Our data indicate that the more caffeinated coffee you consume, the lower your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.
Study suggests caffeine in coffee decreases risk of basal cell carcinoma
'I would not recommend increasing your coffee intake based on these data alone.
'However, our results add basal cell carcinoma to a list of conditions for which risk is decreased with increasing coffee consumption. This list includes conditions with serious negative health consequences such as type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's disease.'
Even though basal cell carcinoma is slow-growing, it causes considerable illness and places a burden on health care systems.
There are an estimated 80,000 new cases in the UK every year.
Dr Han said: 'Given the large number of newly diagnosed cases, daily dietary changes having any protective effect may have an impact on public health.'
Dr Han and his colleagues analysed data from the Nurses' Health Study, a large and long-running study to aid in the investigation of factors influencing women's health, and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, a study of men.
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