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Coffee could help prevent endometrial cancer, says new study

Women who drank four cups a day reduced their risk by 18 percent.

By Thor Benson
Coffee could help prevent endometrial cancer, says new study
Woman drinking coffee. Photo by Kryvenok Anastasiia/Shutterstock.

LONDON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A new study finds women who drink coffee lower their risk of getting endometrial cancer, which is a cancer that affects the lining of the uterus.

Researchers from Imperial College London in England looked at two sets of data covering the eating habits of 456,000 women. They found women who drank around four cups of coffee per day reduced their risk of getting the cancer by 18 percent.

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"We were not surprised by the results that a high versus low intake of coffee was associated with a reduced risk for endometrial cancer, because they were consistent with what has been observed in previous studies," said study author Melissa Merritt.

The researchers studied many different aspects of women's dietary intake and found coffee to be the only one with a significant affect on endometrial cancer risk. The reason could be that coffee reduces estrogen levels in a woman's body, the researchers suggest.

The study is published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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