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Liver cancer breakthrough: Drinking coffee 'reduces risk' of developing killer disease

COFFEE can reduce the risk of developing liver cancer, experts have revealed in a new scientific review - with research suggesting the benefits could be greater the more they drink.

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Liver cancer: Coffee could reduce the risk of liver cancer

A team of experts have revealed increasing the amount of coffee people drink can reduce their cancer risk, with women and men both benefitting from the drink.

The scientists looked at 20 studies where the effect of coffee on the liver had been analysed.

The report said: “The effect of coffee intake on cancer risk has been a topic of considerable interest, because coffee is the second most popular beverage worldwide, ranking behind tea only.

“Coffee contains large amounts of compounds with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic properties such as caffeine, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, and polyphenols, as well as diterpenes and other antioxidants were found in that beverage.”

There are around 5,550 new cases of liver cancer in the UK each year and approximately 5,091 deaths from the disease.

Cancer Research UK said around 42 per cent of liver cancer cases in the UK are preventable.

This new analysis also compliments research findings by the British Liver Trust published in June 2016, which confirmed that coffee is good for the liver - including being associated with a lower risk of other liver conditions such as fibrosis (scar tissue that builds up within the liver) and cirrhosis.

Chris Stemman, Executive Director of the British Coffee Association said: “In the UK we drink 55 million cups of coffee a day.

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Liver cirrhosis: Coffee could benefit people in the early stages of liver cirrhosis

“Britain has a growing love affair with coffee so these findings are important because, amongst other health areas that have been studied, they further show how moderate coffee consumption of around four or five cups per day can be part of a healthy, ba

Chris Stemman

“Britain has a growing love affair with coffee so these findings are important because, amongst other health areas that have been studied, they further show how moderate coffee consumption of around four or five cups per day can be part of a healthy, balanced diet.”

The British Liver Trust said it is important to remember that although drinking coffee may protect you from developing liver disease and can help those who already have some degree of liver damage.

However it said the key for good liver health remain reducing the amount of alcohol we drink, eating a good diet, drinking plenty of water, doing regular exercise and keeping to a healthy weight. 

Experts from Southampton University have previously revealed four coffees a day could slash a person’s chances of developing liver cirrhosis by almost two thirds.

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Liver cancer: Coffee could reduce the risk of liver cancer

Just one cup a day lowered the risk of the disease by 22 per cent. Two cups reduced someone’s risk by 43 per cent.

Three cups slashed the chance of liver cirrhosis by 57 per cent and four cups reduced the risk by a whopping 65 per cent.

The researchers studied data from nine earlier studies that included 430,000 participants - 1,990 of which had cirrhosis.

Eight out of nine studies suggested increasing coffee consumption by two cups a day could significantly reduce the risk of the liver condition.

The risk even continued to decline as more coffee was consumed.

Cirrhosis is a slowly progressing disease in which healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, eventually preventing the liver from functioning properly. This scar tissue blocks the flow of blood through the liver and slows the processing of nutrients, hormones, drugs and naturally produced toxins.

 

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This article came from: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/740028/liver-cancer-coffee-reduce-risk-symptoms-signs-survival-treatment

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