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Four Cups of Coffee A Day Cuts Risk of Oral Cancer

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the time-to-pick-up-a-smoking-habit dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Coffee may help lower the risk of developing oral and pharyngeal cancer and of dying from the disease. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, was conducted using the Cancer Prevention Study II. The large cohort study began in 1982 by the American Cancer Society. Researchers were able to examine 968,432 men and women, none of whom had cancer at the time of their enrollment in the study." Four or more cups a day lowered the risk of getting oral cancers by a whopping 49%.

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Chaw tabaccy... drink coffee (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248681)

Chaw tabaccy, cuppajoe. Chaw tabaccy, cuppajoe. Repeat all day long. What could possibly go wrong?

Re:Chaw tabaccy... drink coffee (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42249360)

That's what I was thinking. Maybe I can give up smoking after all.

Yeah, but ... (3, Funny)

PPH (736903) | about 2 years ago | (#42248689)

... my dental hygienist will kill me if she has to scrape any more Starbucks stains off my teeth.

At least cancer may give me a few more years to live.

Re:Yeah, but ... (5, Funny)

MrEricSir (398214) | about 2 years ago | (#42248757)

... my dental hygienist will kill me if she has to scrape any more Starbucks stains off my teeth.

No worries, the article clearly said "coffee."

Re:Yeah, but ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42250413)

Just so you know, I modded you down because you whine about mods in your sig.

Re:Yeah, but ... (1)

mandginguero (1435161) | about 2 years ago | (#42248761)

... my dental hygienist will kill me if she has to scrape any more Starbucks stains off my teeth.

forget the stains, acidic drinks pull calcium off of your teeth

Re:Yeah, but ... (2)

somersault (912633) | about 2 years ago | (#42249036)

Maybe calcium protects against oral cancer? :p

Re:Yeah, but ... (1)

danormsby (529805) | about 2 years ago | (#42249496)

Not quite as clear cut as that. Depends on your teeth which depends on your genes and environment. I love coffee but can't stomach more than one cup a day as the caffeine does me in. This puts me in a different pool of people than frequent coffee drinkers which is apparently at a higher risk of cancer. This isn't the same as saying drink more coffee and have less cancer.

Re:Yeah, but ... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 2 years ago | (#42249248)

You know if you actually brush those teeth that is not a problem.

Re:Yeah, but ... (4, Funny)

Guignol (159087) | about 2 years ago | (#42249788)

That's the wrong "Yeah, but"
The real "Yeah, but" is this one:
Yeah, but my gf thinks it tastes bad when I drink too much coffee, therefore
Four Cups of Coffee A Day Cuts Risk of Oral Sex
I'm so sorry but the balance is just not there

Re:Yeah, but ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42250587)

if she wants you suckin on her naughty bits down there then she's going to have to get used to coffee. Apparently oral on women (with virus infection(s)) is known to cause throat cancer in men (and women). Maybe the coffee will dampen that risk. They should study that next. Don't care? You will years down the road when your dealing with throat cancer.

Re:Yeah, but ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42251359)

Don't care? You will years down the road when your dealing with throat cancer.

Doesn't matter, had sex!

The acid in coffee will make those teeth disappear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42250120)

Soft drinks too.

Re:Yeah, but ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42250813)

And oral sex increases your risk.

So it's up to you to decide how to start the day.

Re:Yeah, but ... (2)

kilfarsnar (561956) | about 2 years ago | (#42251373)

And oral sex increases your risk.

So it's up to you to decide how to start the day.

Between oral sex and coffee? I'll take my chances with the BJ 8 days a week!

Possible FRAUD ALERT. (0, Troll)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | about 2 years ago | (#42248695)

"Four or more cups a day lowered the risk of getting oral cancers by 49%."

Is that public relations from coffee producers?

Did the percentage of oral cancers go down because people died from diabetes?

I'm VERY skeptical.

Not Fraud! (1)

DavidClarkeHR (2769805) | about 2 years ago | (#42248735)

4 cups a day lowered the risk of getting oral cancers.

Because at 4 cups a day, you're not eating, so your cells split more slowly (about 20% slower)... And that reduces the risk of cancer, since there are fewer opportunities for cancer to develop.

Re:Not Fraud! (1)

lxs (131946) | about 2 years ago | (#42249298)

Because at 4 cups a day, you're not eating...

Not in my experience. Are you sure you were drinking coffee?

Re:Not Fraud! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42251039)

Because at 4 cups a day, you're not eating...

Not in my experience. Are you sure you were drinking coffee?

that's because he pulled that out of his ass aka speclating.

Re:Possible FRAUD ALERT. (2)

masternerdguy (2468142) | about 2 years ago | (#42248747)

I'm skeptical because, yet again, coffee has flip flopped from harmful stimulant that can increase hypertension and cause heart disease to wonderfood that cures everything wrong with you.

Re:Possible FRAUD ALERT. (1)

WWJohnBrowningDo (2792397) | about 2 years ago | (#42248755)

Maybe it's because coffee drinks are on average slightly richer and rich people has a slightly less chance of getting cancer?

If cash can cure AIDS [youtube.com] , why not cancer too?

Re:Possible FRAUD ALERT. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#42250697)

When referring to food and drink, "rich" does not mean "expensive," it means "sumptuous". Rich food is not necessarily expensive, and expensive food is not necessarily rich.

Coffee is indeed sumptuous, but it isn't expensive unless you're stupid enough to buy it at Starbucks or even McDonald's. A ten dollar can of coffee will give you a fresh pot every morning for all month long. Ten dollars will buy you a dozen beers, or four two litre bottles of soda, or two gallons of milk. Coffee is one of the least expensive drinks there are (unless, as I said, you're a rich retard who's too lazy to brew your own).

I think you could use a cup or two right now...

Re:Possible FRAUD ALERT. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248767)

Did the percentage of oral cancers go down because people died from diabetes?

What in the nine hells does diabetes have to do with coffee?

Hell, prior junk research has shown coffee drinkers have less of a risk for diabetes.

Oh, wait, you're confusing sludge and a pound of sugar (eg, Starbucks) with actual coffee. My bad.

Re:Possible FRAUD ALERT. (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 2 years ago | (#42250583)

Well the starbucks drip coffee is actually pretty good but to expensive so I only drink it when someone gives me a giftcard. Not all of their coffee is drowned in sugar.

Re:Possible FRAUD ALERT. (4, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#42250903)

I'm VERY skeptical.

Seriously? Did you not RTFS? "The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, was conducted using the Cancer Prevention Study II. The large cohort study began in 1982 by the American Cancer Society. Researchers were able to examine 968,432 men and women, none of whom had cancer at the time of their enrollment in the study."

What is someone who doesn't trust science fucking doing at slashdot, anyway? Go back to Sports Illustrated and leave us nerds alone, dumbass.

Re:Possible FRAUD ALERT. (1)

Shempster (2523982) | about 2 years ago | (#42250989)

"Four or more cups a day lowered the risk of getting oral cancers by 49%." Is that public relations from coffee producers? Did the percentage of oral cancers go down because people died from diabetes? I'm VERY skeptical.

Why'd you flag his post as a troll for? It's a legit assumption, whether its completely ignorant of the study or not. Most of the general public are increasingly unaware of more and more reality outside their individual tiny inner circles of immediate friends and family, and their social media apps. Corporate media is a dubious source of information controlled by the biggest advertisers and trust funds from big oil and other polluters. These types of funders, clearly driven by self-interest, drive the storyline the public chats about, injecting half-truths and lies that promote their own selfish interests into the public conscience, everyone and everything else be damned. So yeah, warm n fuzzy "studies" like this should be initially met with skepticism.

Proving once and for all, that Cancer has better.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248707)

taste than most human beings.

That's great... (4, Insightful)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about 2 years ago | (#42248709)

...but what does it increase the chances of? Well, besides drug (caffeine) addiction?

Come on, there's always a catch...

Re:That's great... (5, Funny)

kenj0418 (230916) | about 2 years ago | (#42248749)

Come on, there's always a catch...

don't be so negative there is no catch drinking coffee coffee doesn't have a catch I drink lots of coffee and I don't have any side-effects I think you are being paranoid ha ha I'm not going to have oral cancer and you are just mad about it why don't you chill out and have a cup of coffee like everyone else I think I need another cup of coffee what the hell is this slashdot says I have to wait 30 seconds to post aaahhhh *click* *click* *click* ahhh still 28 more seconds

Re:That's great... (1)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about 2 years ago | (#42248765)

Be careful, Cornholio! You're gonna kill yourself bouncing off all those walls!

Re:That's great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42251045)

Are you threatening me?

Re:That's great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42249762)

You know, the main correlation here is that people who drink four or more cups of coffee per day just don't engage in oral sex.

Re:That's great... (1)

prasadsurve (665770) | about 2 years ago | (#42249908)

Reminds me of Le Cafe [youtube.com]

Re:That's great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42249942)

Drink a good strong cup of coffee and check your heart on an EKG. You will be surprised how erratic your heart rate becomes. Caffeine does create erratic heart rate, but how serious it is I have not idea. I know when the doctor looked at my EKG readout he just said, "That is caffeine." and dismissed it.

Re:That's great... (1)

StuartHankins (1020819) | about 2 years ago | (#42250473)

Awesome... reminds me I need to get another cup : )

Re:That's great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42251065)

Thanks, Dave Grohl [youtube.com] .

Re:That's great... (3, Interesting)

ygslash (893445) | about 2 years ago | (#42249182)

...but what does it increase the chances of? Well, besides drug (caffeine) addiction?

I'll bet the rate of cancer morbidity among heroin users is extremely low.

Re:That's great... (2)

epSos-de (2741969) | about 2 years ago | (#42251443)

Correct. We should use our common sense in here.
Hot coffee can actually increase the chances of cancer, if you burn your tissue way too often.

The coffee producers funded a study that said that hot tea can create cancer. Now they funded a study that promotes coffee, but actually the tea is far more superior than coffee against cancer, because it can be blended and have multiple effects, instead of one. Most of the medicine was extracted from herbs. And most of tea is made from herbs too.

The most healthiest coffee is probably the non-roasted, green coffee that is blended with mate and honey.

What about smokers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248717)

Smokers will normally drink coffee whilst having a cig. Whilst the coffee opens up the taste buds, it increases the risk of smokers having mouth / tongue cancer....

COFFEE? (5, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 2 years ago | (#42248721)

I like coffee. I REALLY LIKE COFFEE. I drink a lot of coffee. SURE I PEE A LOT, and YES well MAYBE but not REALLY, Iâ(TM)m NOT HIGH STRUNG. I just tell MY FRIENDS to MELLOW THE FUCK OUT. Itâ(TM)s not me, itâ(TM)s you. YOU MOTHER FUCKER. Not me, you. I love coffee. HOW FAST ARE WE GOING? I have things to do. Good bye⦠SERIOUSLY, GOOD FUCKING BYE. Good bye. I love coffee. Or is it cocaine, Iâ(TM)m not sure. Or maybe Iâ(TM)m a crack head? HELLO! HELLO! Yellow mellow. Coffee? Did someone say coffee? I love coffee. Mostly triple espressos, no water no ice. LOVE the drip. I LOVE THE FUCKING DRIP. Coffee that is.

Re:COFFEE? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248771)

Stan the Java Man?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tjarMM4gUc

To /. devs: 4 cups COFFEE, pay attention (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42249164)

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Re:COFFEE? (2)

needsomemoola (966634) | about 2 years ago | (#42250937)

Maybe you confused your cocaine for your creamer mix or sugar. I keep mine next to each other bye the coffee machine too. Easy mistake.

statistics (0)

alienzed (732782) | about 2 years ago | (#42248731)

Anyone good with statistics? Sounds to me like 49% is actually bad, I mean, 51% of the people in this study got cancer.

Re:statistics (2)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | about 2 years ago | (#42248813)

22% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

Re:statistics (1)

JustOK (667959) | about 2 years ago | (#42250254)

74% of people get that statistic wrong 100% of the time.

Re:statistics (2)

narcc (412956) | about 2 years ago | (#42248922)

Google "Relative risk"

Re:statistics (1)

fatphil (181876) | about 2 years ago | (#42249590)

It has been shown that 4 cups of strychnine a day reduces your relative risk of cancer by *100%*.

Re:statistics (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42249242)

Anyone good with statistics? Sounds to me like 49% is actually bad, I mean, 51% of the people in this study got cancer.

I *hope* you're being facetious....

If a human's risk of developing oral cancer at some point in his lifetime is 2 in 100,000, then drinking 4+ cups of coffee per day reduces that risk to essentially 1 per 100,000.

You're welcome.

Re:statistics (3, Informative)

Arancaytar (966377) | about 2 years ago | (#42250431)

If 100 out of 10000 non-coffee-drinkers got cancer (1%) and 51 out of 10000 coffee drinkers got cancer (0.51%) that's a 49% decrease.

4 cups of coffee a day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248733)

Lightweights! I assume they consider cup to be 8 fluid ounces. In which case I drink two cups just to wake up.

Traditional coffee "cup" = 6 floz (2)

jabberw0k (62554) | about 2 years ago | (#42249728)

The traditional measure of a "cup" of coffee, at least in the United States, is 6 fluid ounces, 177 ml. So "four cups" would be about 700ml.

Fouror? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248739)

Fouror more cups a day lowered the risk of getting oral cancers by 49%.

MEIN FOUROR! I can TALK!!!

You Sure? (3, Insightful)

okmijnuhb (575581) | about 2 years ago | (#42248779)

You sure it doesn't mean that those with the physical constitution to withstand 4 cups of coffee are resistant to oral cancers?
These studies are meaningless.

Re:You Sure? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about 2 years ago | (#42248845)

You sure it doesn't mean that those with the physical constitution to withstand 4 cups of coffee are resistant to oral cancers?

These studies are meaningless.

You will discover the meaning only if you drink coffee. No, I mean lots of coffee... you should strive to get over the 4 cups.

Re:You Sure? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42249128)

This. There is a reason 2/3s~ of the human race don't get cancer. Hint, it isn't because they were lucky.

Most people develop and destroy minor cancers throughout their entire life, a little known fact that seems to be forgotten by the majority.
These people, even exposed to high numbers of carcinogens still don't develop full-on cancers.
That is a genetic reason and one we still don't fully understand yet, that is different even from diet. (but diet does increase your defences too)
No, Petri-dish tests aren't a human body. So don't say you can infect anyone with cancer straight-up. Biology doesn't work like that.

Research on cancer lines isn't exactly helpful, either, since those came from people who developed full-on cancers!

Probably just affects the flora in the mouth. (3, Interesting)

Dr. Manhattan (29720) | about 2 years ago | (#42250170)

Many diseases are mediated by the microflora living on and in the human body; e.g. we now know that ulcers mostly result from bacterial infections in the stomach [wikipedia.org] . A lot of oral cancer comes from the STD HPV [oralcancerfoundation.org] . I'd bet that a lot of coffee changes the balance of bateria and fungus and viruses living in the mouth, leading indirectly to a lower incidence of cancer.

Re:You Sure? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42251035)

OK for 4 cups, but where's the research on those of us who drink 1 gal. / day? And intravenously?

just say no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248795)

Coffee seems harmless, so EVERYONE uses it, EXPECTS you to use it.
And the 'best coffee' in the world comes out of a cats ass. That's true horror when it comes to drugs.

Just say no to coffee. Down that path is madness.

Re:just say no (1)

blippo (158203) | about 2 years ago | (#42249080)

I follow this simple rule: Just say no to drugs that's been transported in another animals lower intestine, and you're safe.

Luckily the cat's ass variant is optional...

Actually, I'm rather addicted to caffeine, and that's slightly annoying as I get sick if I don't get coffee for a day or two.
Other than that, it's a rather harmless drug. (In concentrations that won't kill you immediately.) and i really enjoy my coffee.

Relative versus absolute risk (5, Interesting)

gringer (252588) | about 2 years ago | (#42248803)

I find that changing relative risk to absolute risk makes the wow factor of these studies go down considerably. The absolute risk is of getting oral cancers and dying from them can be derived from the abstract:

Among 968,432 men and women who were cancer free at enrollment, 868 deaths due to oral/pharyngeal cancer occurred during 26 years of follow-up.

So the 26-year absolute risk of death due to oral/pharyngeal cancer in this study was about 1 in 1,000 (one thousand). Assuming an even spread across the years, that's also about 1 in 30,000 for any given year.

Drinking greater than 4 cups of coffee a day has a relative risk of about 0.5, so that's about 1 in 2,000 over 26 years (a difference of 0.045%), or about 1 in 60,000 in any given year (a difference of 0.0017%).

Note that this risk reduction is associated with death due specifically to oral/pharyngeal cancer, not the cancer alone -- it does not follow from these results that drinking coffee reduces your risk of getting cancer. If you get oral/pharyngeal cancer, but die from being impaled by an angry unicorn, it doesn't count for the purposes of this result / association.

Re:Relative versus absolute risk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248886)

"If you get oral/pharyngeal cancer, but die from being impaled by an angry unicorn"

Stop right there. Now -that- would be a cool way to die.

Re:Relative versus absolute risk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248914)

Classic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip:

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=653 [smbc-comics.com]

Go Go Statistics! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42249878)

Drinking cyanide daily would also lower oral cancer death rates...

Re:Relative versus absolute risk (3, Interesting)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about 2 years ago | (#42250687)

Note that this risk reduction is associated with death due specifically to oral/pharyngeal cancer, not the cancer alone -- it does not follow from these results that drinking coffee reduces your risk of getting cancer. If you get oral/pharyngeal cancer, but die from being impaled by an angry unicorn, it doesn't count for the purposes of this result / association.

Thank you! A beacon of logic in an attic of doubt and uncertainty.

In order to assess the risk, we need to compare the total risk of drinking coffee with the total risk of not drinking coffee. Just examining and comparing one aspect is not enough - we need to take everything into account.

I've been considering starting to drink coffee now that I'm getting older (>50 yrs), and have been doing a bunch of research on it. I've found a number of benefits in the literature to drinking coffee; for example, it lowers the risk of kidney stones (surprising, in my view).

I have not found any long-term health disadvantages to drinking coffee (setting aside obvious short-term effects), and the number of benefits is surprising. I'm not ready to consider coffee as "safe" quite yet, but so far as I can tell it's a good bet.

We need a study of the total risk associated with drinking coffee, in the manner that we have total risks associated with smoking and drinking.

Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248809)

On face value this look robust with 968,432 men and women.

Have to get the paper and search for the devil in the detail as always.

Cheers

surely, there were other results... (4, Interesting)

Goldsmith (561202) | about 2 years ago | (#42248829)

A 26 year study, following 968,432 people and these guys draw a conclusion revolving around coffee and a cancer involving 0.09% of the people in the study?

That's some serious barrel scraping on that data set.

That said, it's one more argument to use when my wife complains that I drink too much coffee. Go science!

Re:surely, there were other results... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42251083)

A sample size of 872 isn't bad. But how many in that sample drink 4 or more cups of coffee a day? And what is the confidence interval?

Lurking variables... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248833)

Neglects to mention that people who work in an occupation where they have an opportunity to get four cups of coffee a day are usually office or transport jobs.... not dangerous ones. Any thoughts?

Re:Lurking variables... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248841)

oh, and you can't smoke in an office...

Re:Lurking variables... (3, Interesting)

hrvatska (790627) | about 2 years ago | (#42249132)

Neglects to mention that people who work in an occupation where they have an opportunity to get four cups of coffee a day are usually office or transport jobs.... not dangerous ones. Any thoughts?

I grew up in town where most people worked some sort of blue collar job, and I recall plenty of big coffee drinkers. I spent a summer working in a steel mill and it wasn't unusual to see guys arriving with large thermoses of coffee. Those that didn't bring it to work could purchase it from vending machines in the break rooms. A couple of cups before work, a couple during breaks or lunch, and by the end of the day they had had at least four cups of coffee.

Re:Lurking variables... (2)

denmarkw00t (892627) | about 2 years ago | (#42250234)

Mod parent up! Same goes for construction workers (at least when I was growing up). I'd go to the sites with my dad and most of the guys working had thermoses in-hand, hopefully with coffee inside...

Yeah, but at those side-effects, it's not worth it (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42248835)

Four cups a day That's the addict limit.

I think everyone knows that in the long run, this does more harm than good. *Much more harm*.

Subsequent research will show ... (3, Funny)

kawabago (551139) | about 2 years ago | (#42248843)

Subsequent research will no doubt show that the coffee isn't directly responsible. People drinking 4 or more cups of coffee a day are far too wired to engage in oral sex, so the result of fewer infections of oral STD's leads to fewer oral cancers.

Re:Subsequent research will show ... (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 years ago | (#42249162)

Now that's what I call science...

Re:Subsequent research will show ... (2)

Zibodiz (2160038) | about 2 years ago | (#42250300)

Actually, my hypothesis is that oral cancer is caused by drinking soda; so the people who drink 4+ cups of coffee/day don't get it, because they never have any soda.
Now, somebody, please come out with a study that refutes my hypothesis so I can get back to drinking Mountain Dew by next sumer!

Not quite as impressive... (2)

dalias (1978986) | about 2 years ago | (#42248855)

Not quite as impressive as the 100% reduction in the rate of Alzheimer's, but 49% is still pretty damn good. Not sure what's up with all the anti-coffee trolls calling this propaganda from "the coffee industry".

mmmm (1, Informative)

jameshofo (1454841) | about 2 years ago | (#42248859)

Sure because the people who drank more than 4 cups a day died of other "natural" causes like a tac a cardia, its a blip but it could have been caused by a few other behavioral coincidences. It feels a little more like someone trying to get value out of 26 years of possibly unfruitful research. there's another study that show's no determinable link! http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/49/4/1049.short [aacrjournals.org]

but certainly you can't disprove something by showing no determinable results on it.

Not worth it (1)

aepervius (535155) | about 2 years ago | (#42248898)

868 people out of 968K comes out at roughly ~0.09% got the cancer. If the heavy coffee drinker had a 50% lower risk then naively we got 289 heavy coffee drinker and 579 non coffee drinker. Or a risk of 0.058% for non coffee drinker and 0.029% for heavy coffee drinker. Put in perspective you have 1 chance of out 1700 to get the cancer, and you lower it to 1 chance out of 3400. Not worth being forced to drink the filthy filthy thing.

Sooooooo... (1)

oogoliegoogolie (635356) | about 2 years ago | (#42248976)

....coffee is good for us again? Or maybe at least until next week, when the media sensationalizes some stupid study that shows drinking ten or more cups of coffee a day increases our 1 in 10^8 chance of developing some condition by 10%.

I think the question is... (1)

ryzvonusef (1151717) | about 2 years ago | (#42249006)

... How many Norwegians [satwcomic.com] have oral cancer.

Or all the other people on this list of heavy coffee consumers.

Correlation does not equal causation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42249068)

It has been proven that many throat cancers are also from the HPV, like cervical cancer.

It's quite possible that drinking 4 cups of a coffee a day isn't what protecting it, maybe it's the demographic who drink that amount of coffee not having sex?

haha: captcha = colons

Hurray! (2)

docilespelunker (1883198) | about 2 years ago | (#42249212)

Now for the study proving that pizza and beer are good also. I feel I may be a valid entry to the data set there...

coffee alergie (1)

ruir (2709173) | about 2 years ago | (#42249256)

Sure, I drink coffee. At least, 1 mug at breakfast, often a couple more expressos during the day. Often I have to go running to the toilets, in a couple of minutes. I suspect I am allergic to it, or to some substance added when they are processing it. Furthermore, I would like to know who paid for this study. There is a huge industry around coffee abuse.

Re:coffee alergie (1)

Malc (1751) | about 2 years ago | (#42250078)

Maybe you'd do better if stuck to espresso during the day.

Re:coffee alergie (1)

Malc (1751) | about 2 years ago | (#42250094)

Maybe you'd do better if you stuck to espresso during the day.

Sunrise (1, Insightful)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 2 years ago | (#42249440)

Every day, about 310,000,000 Americans do not get cancer of any kind.

The Sun also rises every day.

Therefore, we can conclude with 95% confidence that Sunrise prevents cancer.

Re:Sunrise (1)

Zibodiz (2160038) | about 2 years ago | (#42250357)

Of those who did get cancer, all of them were diagnosed with cancer (though ~5% during an autopsy). Thus we can see with 100% certainty that a medical diagnosis causes cancer. Protect your loved ones, don't let them get diagnosed or tested!

Correlation does not imply causation (0)

markdavis (642305) | about 2 years ago | (#42249538)

Repeat: Correlation does not imply causation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Correlation_does_not_imply_causation [wikipedia.org]

Re:Correlation does not imply causation (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | about 2 years ago | (#42250455)

But it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing "look over there!"

It's the antioxidants (3)

Andrio (2580551) | about 2 years ago | (#42249692)

It's not the coffee. It's the antioxidants in the coffee. For a lot of Americans, coffee is probably the only steady source of antioxidants in their diets.

It's the same thing as with wine. Drinking some wine everyday isn't good for your heart because the wine is good for you. It's because of the antioxidants that were in the grapes.

AARP had this first... (4, Insightful)

Zibodiz (2160038) | about 2 years ago | (#42250268)

Okay, not to be a wet blanket, but my Dad told me about this a week ago, after reading about it in his subscription of AARP's [print] magazine. Shouldn't us young[er], technologically-savvy, electronically-delivered folks be getting science news a little bit faster than the old people get it in their mainstream print magazines?

Bless the Maker and his coffee. (2)

sexybomber (740588) | about 2 years ago | (#42250393)

It is by coffee alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of the arabica bean that the thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shaking. The shaking becomes a warning. It is by coffee alone I set my mind in motion.

Oh, is that so?! (1)

freaker_TuC (7632) | about 2 years ago | (#42250401)

... Time to drink tea :p

Good grief. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42250705)

This is what, the third article on slashdot as of late trying to convince us that coffee has some magical positive effect?
Stop trying to pass off your bad habits as good ones, next you'll tell me smoking is great for your body too.

Pioneering a New Study (1)

CMYKjunkie (1594319) | about 2 years ago | (#42250837)

Since drinking coffee is proving to be so good for oral cancer, I am pioneering a new study: taking coffee rectally to improve rates of colon cancer.

Re:Pioneering a New Study (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42250987)

That's known as a coffee enema. Not sure if Starbucks has plans to roll these out, tho'.

Bad site. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42251255)

What a horrible site medicaldaily is. I hate a site that plays 2 ads at the same time without my permission. Ban it.

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