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Drinking three cups of espresso a day could halve prostate cancer risk

New research suggests that drinking more than three cups of Italian-style espresso coffee every day could halve the risk of prostate cancer in men.

New research suggests that drinking more than three cups of Italian-style espresso coffee every day could halve the risk of prostate cancer in men

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Drinking espresso could stave off prostate cancer. Picture: iStock

Drinking more than three cups of Italian-style espresso coffee every day could halve the risk of prostate cancer in men, new research suggests.

Researchers at the Istituto Neurologico Mediterraneo in central Italy studied 6,989 men aged 50 or over in the Molise region of Italy in 2005-10. 

During that period 100 new cases of prostate cancer were found within the group, according to the study published in the International Journal of Cancer.

The authors said the newly diagnosed prostate cancer participants had lower intakes of coffee and of total coffee consumption than the others.

Men who consumed at least three cups of Italian-style coffee every day had a 53% lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared with those who consumed fewer than three cups daily.

The study showed a protective effect of long-term daily consumption of over three cups of coffee, corresponding to over 90g of Italian-style coffee.


Pounis G et al (2017) Reduction by coffee consumption of prostate cancer risk: Evidence from the Moli-sani cohort and cellular models. International Journal of Cancer. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijc.30720

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