Drink up that second cup of coffee, my friends! New research shows that daily coffee-drinkers have a 20 percent lower risk of developing the most common type of skin cancer, basal-cell carcinoma. This so-called “coffee effect” seems to be related to caffeine, since decaf didn’t work the same magic. It still makes for a pretty good excuse to grab that second “Cuppa-Joe”.
Though slow-growing and normally easy to treat, if left for too long—and believe me, they sometimes are—basal-cell cancers runs the risk of growing into nearby tissues and bone. Removal of the cancerous spots can lead to scarring, too. If you can stomach taking a peek, this is what basal-cell carcinoma looks like:
Be careful, though! There’s always a fine line and some fine print with this stuff: The jury is still out regarding the point at which caffeine does more harm than help. Too much coffee has long been thought to raise your risk of heart disease. (Interestingly enough, moderate consumption has been linked to decreased risk of heart disease.) Some say three cups is too many. Some say more like five. Stick with two, and you’re in the sweet spot.
Glug, glug. Just finished my first cup of the day!