Published on October 25th, 20132
Drinking coffee protects us from the most common type of liver cancer
Coffee consumption reduces the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer by about 40%, showing the most recent meta- analysis conducted on the subject, which was published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
“Our research confirms that coffee is good for health, especially for to the liver ,” said Carlo La Vecchia, also author of the study and a researcher in the Department of Epidemiology of the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri” in Milan.
Moreover, some data suggest that three cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of liver cancer by more than 50%.
“The beneficial effect of coffee could be mediated by the known fact that it prevents diabetes, a risk factor for liver cancer, and because it has positive effects on liver enzymes ,” explained the researcher.
Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of articles published between 1996 and September 2012, analyzing 16 quality studies and a total of 3153 cases.
Scientists points out that the majority of liver cancers can be prevented by vaccination against hepatitis B, hepatitis C and reducing alcohol consumption. These three steps can prevent 90 % of all cases of liver cancer, researchers say.
Liver cancer is the sixth in number of cancer cases in the world and the third in number of cancer deaths worldwide. Hepatocellular carcinoma is the main type of liver cancer, accounting for over 90% of the cases worldwide. Chronic infections with hepatitis B and C viruses are the main causes of liver cancer, among other risk factors include alcohol, tobacco, obesity and diabetes.