We all know that coffee is a popular drink worldwide. Many adults like to start their day with a hot cup of coffee.
Some people like it black, some like it sweetened, and some even like it with a dash of milk or cream.
But did you know that coffee might actually help to protect you from a certain type of cancer?
Yes, that’s right! Scientists have found some interesting things about coffee and how it might help keep us healthy.
What is Cancer?
Before we dive into what scientists have discovered, let’s first understand what cancer is. Cancer is a disease where some of our body’s cells start growing out of control.
This can happen in any part of our body. One type of cancer is called endometrial cancer. This kind of cancer starts in the lining of a woman’s uterus, a part of her body where babies grow.
Coffee and Cancer
Scientists were curious if drinking coffee could change the chance of getting this type of cancer. To find out, they looked at a lot of different studies.
These studies included 24 different ones about people who drink coffee and had about 9,833 new cases of this type of cancer in 699,234 people.
From these studies, scientists found that people who drank the most coffee had a lower chance of getting endometrial cancer. How much lower?
Well, people who drank the most coffee were 29% less likely to get this cancer than those who drank the least. That’s quite a big difference!
Coffee: Regular vs Decaffeinated
Another interesting thing scientists discovered was that regular coffee seemed to be better at this than decaf coffee.
Regular coffee is the one that contains caffeine. Caffeine is the stuff that gives you a buzz and makes you feel more awake. Decaf coffee has most of this caffeine removed.
How Does Coffee Do This?
You might be wondering how coffee can help protect against cancer. Scientists are curious about this too!
They think coffee might have some special things in it that can stop cancer cells from growing. These special things are called “mechanisms”.
But, scientists are still not 100% sure about this. They believe that more research is needed. They want to study more people and find out more about how coffee can help protect against endometrial cancer.
What Does This Mean For You?
Now, this doesn’t mean you should start drinking gallons of coffee every day. Too much of anything, including coffee, is not good for you. And remember, coffee is not a magic drink that will protect you from all types of cancer.
But this study does tell us that drinking a moderate amount of coffee could possibly help lower the risk of endometrial cancer.
As kids, you may not be drinking coffee right now, and that’s okay. This information is something you can keep in mind for when you’re older.
For now, the best way to stay healthy is to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.
And don’t forget, if you have any questions about this, ask an adult or your science teacher. They would be happy to explain more about it!
If you care about cancer, please see recent studies about new ways to increase the longevity of cancer survivors, and results showing new way to supercharge cancer-fighting T cells.
For more information about cancer and nutrition, please see recent studies about how drinking milk affects the risks of heart disease and cancer and results showing that vitamin D supplements could strongly reduce cancer death.
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