Women would appear to find it easier to deal with potential cancers by taking part in a number of regular tests after they reach a certain age to see if there is a problem and how it needs to be dealt with. Men, in comparison, are not as inclined to take regular tests, often leaving it until after it is too late. In particular, whilst most prostate cancer is curable if it is caught early enough, too many men fail to have this area of their body regularly checked and therefore too many people are dying of a cancer that can be (sometimes) eradicated.
How can the risk be reduced?
Some experts suggest that a man’s cancer risk in the prostate area can be reduced by as much as 20% if they consistently drink 6 cups of coffee a day. Those suggestions propose that localised cancer can be warded off, but also, it is not particularly successful where tumours have become aggressive.
The scientists claim that 6 cups of coffee a day might boost the levels of adiponectin, which is the protein that contains anti-cancer properties.
Their findings, based on research and published in the Annals of Oncology, also shows that a tumour is less likely to be developed by people who drink a lot of coffee every day, when they are compared to people who drink very few cups or none at all.
The Dutch report is different
An earlier Dutch report suggests some conflicting results where coffee was said to be a marvellous way of keeping cancer away. Their research claimed that coffee was not particularly useful in changing a man’s possibilities of developing the cancer in the prostate. However, they did find that the risk was reduced by around one third for those drinking high numbers of cups of tea each day.
Facts and figures
The facts and figures are extremely clear. In a full year, around 40,000 people are diagnosed with prostate cancer of one type or another in the UK. Of these, 25% of men will not live after suffering this disease. Men over 50 are much more likely to develop a tumour. Scientists and researchers have proved that there is a large genetic element to the possibility of a person being troubled by this cancer.
Some experts suggest that diet may be a key factor in the way that the disease develops within the human body and while many have not found the exact correlation between particular foods or drinks, some scientists do suggest that coffee is one of the vital links.
In a similar area of interest, men and women may be affected by breast cancer during their lives and the Karolinska Institute of Stockholm in Sweden suggests that 2 cups of coffee a day will reduce the risk of breast cancer by half.
The prostate tests were based on almost 45,000 men aged between 45 and 79. They witnessed a 12 year period of research which studied local and advanced stages of prostate cancer.
Although that is a lot of coffee to drink every day, and the research is severely limited, to insist that 6 cups of coffee a day will provide the desired result, is it worth it to potentially lower your prostate cancer risk?
Damien Higgins writes for Eden Springs, specialists in coffee machine rental.