Health Discoveries in Prostate Cancer

Risk of advanced prostate cancer could be lowered by coffee drinking

January 5, 2010
Data presented at a recent cancer research conference showed coffee consumption could reduce the risk of advanced and lethal prostate cancers by as much as 60 percent.

"Coffee has effects on insulin and glucose metabolism as well as sex hormone levels, all of which play a role in prostate cancer," said researcher Kathryn M. Wilson of the Harvard Medical School. "It seems plausible that there may be an association between coffee and prostate cancer."

The research team, presenting their findings at the American Association for Cancer Research conference, reviewed the long-term Health Professionals' Follow-Up Study of nearly 50,000 men. Among them, a total of 4,975 men developed prostate cancer.

Men who drank the most coffee showed a 60 percent lower risk of advanced prostate cancer, compared to those who drank no coffee. It was not known, however, which components of coffee lower the cancer risk, researchers said.

In one of the prostate cancer clinical trials now under way at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, researchers are comparing the effect of administering higher daily doses of radiation (28 treatments over five and one-half weeks) instead of the standard radiation therapy of 41 treatments over eight weeks. The institute is the research arm of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.ADNFCR-2730-ID-19541422-ADNFCR
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