Coffee May Lower Liver Cancer Risk by 40 Percent

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Drink, drink, drink coffee to your health! According to the latest research, people who drink three cups of Joe per day may lower their chances of getting liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) by 40 percent or more.

The author of the new research study is Dr Carlo La Vecchia. According to La Vecchia, the latest research that he and a team of researchers conducted have found that “coffee is good for your health,” adding that Java is especially good for “the liver.”

Coffee, according to La Vecchia, has been proven to help prevent diabetes, which is a “known risk factor” in people getting liver cancer. Coffee, he says, also has “beneficial effects on cirrhosis and liver enzymes.”

What did the research about coffee and it’s role in preventing liver cancer involve?

Dr Carlo La Vecchia headed up a team of researchers who pored over articles on coffee and it’s health benefits which were published from 1996-2012, and did a meta-analysis of the information that they found. They analyzed over three thousand cases and 16 high-quality studies, as well as 900 cases that were even more recent, on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Is there a possible “catch” to the information about coffe and it’s benefits in preventing liver cancer?

While there is a consistent correlation in the studies the researchers looked at that seem to point to coffee having a huge impact on the prevention of liver cancer, it is difficult to prove that coffee is the sole reason for the lowered risk of HCC.

It’s possible that people who develop liver cancer are told by doctors to reduce or halt their consumption of coffee, or that they do it on their own. If so, that could be why the studies appear to consistently indicate that people who drink three cups of coffee per day have a lower risk of getting liver cancer.

Dr. La Vecchia’s research has recently been published in the Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology journal.

He believes that the findings he and his team of researchers arrived at are significant, but that the role of coffee in preventing liver cancer is “limited as compared to what is achievable through the current measures.”

Such “current measures” include getting vaccinated to prevent the hepatitis B virus, cutting down on drinking alcohol, and working to control the transmission of hepatits C, all of which are known to increase one’s risk of getting liver cancer.

Liver cancer is, in large part, a preventable cancer, though it ranks as the sixth most common cancer worldwide, and it’s the third leading cause of cancer deaths.

Over 90 percent of liver cancer deaths can be prevented if the three measures are followed, though coffee consumption can also be a potential additional way to help reduce one’s risk of getting this type of cancer.

What are some symptoms of liver cancer?

What are a few indications that you might have liver cancer? According to doctors at Mayo Clinic, some of the symptoms of liver cancer are loss of appetite, pain and swelling of the stomach, rapid loss of weight, jaundice, vomiting, a feeling of nausea, and bowel movements that look “white, chalky” in color.

Drink up, coffee lovers! Your drink of choice just might have the added benefit of lowering your risk of getting liver cancer. But, remember to also follow the other three measures mentioned in this article, and watch your weight, to lower your risks even further. Also, don’t forget to follow the advice of your physician.

Written by: Douglas Cobb

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