Coffee Can Help Prevent Skin Cancer

More good news for coffee drinkers!

If you think that coffee is only good to keep you awake so your boss doesn't fire you, think again.

A new study published in the Journal Of The National Cancer Institute has found that people who drank more than four cups of coffee a day on average are 20 percent less likely to develop the most dangerous type of skin cancer, melanoma, over 10 years. 

Melanoma occurs when harmful UV rays from the sun damage the skin cells’ DNA. But the real danger happens when these damaged cells spread to other tissues in the body. In the US, melanoma is the most common kind of cancer for men and women aged 25 to 29. (Check out the Skin Cancer Foundation’s step-by-step guide on how you can save yourself from the disease with regular self-examinations.)

Note, however, that this doesn’t mean that you can now skip sunblock and rely solely on coffee for protection. But this study does give you an excuse to get your afternoon coffee fix at Starbucks, without feeling guilty. One skinny latte to go, please!

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