Starbucks better than Hospital.
May 18, 2011 4:22 PM Subscribe
Men who drink the most coffee have a 60% lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer.
posted by VikingSword (58 comments total)
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'Even drinking one to three cups of coffee per day was associated with a 30% lower risk of lethal prostate cancer.' But is that down to perhaps coffee drinkers having healthier habits? No: 'Coffee drinkers were more likely to smoke and less likely to exercise, behaviors that may increase advanced prostate cancer risk. These and other lifestyle factors were controlled for in the study and coffee still was associated with a lower risk.'
This study should not come as a total surprise
, and coffee has been having increasingly better press in recent years, particularly when it comes to cancer. Head and neck cancer
? Check. Liver cancer
? Check. Maybe even some forms of breast cancer for some women
Wait, wait. But what about Mormons? On the one hand there are reports of Utah residents being among the highest consumers of porn, and there's that report about the one hand and prostate cancer. But in the other hand, no cups of coffee. It would be interesting to see how that finally shakes out with regard to prostate cancer. And it does:
"Toward a better understanding of the comparatively high prostate cancer incidence rates in Utah
"This study assesses whether comparatively high prostate cancer incidence rates among white men in Utah represent higher rates among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons), who comprise about 70% of the state's male population, and considers the potential influence screening has on these rates.
LDS men had a 31% (95% confidence interval, 26% – 36%) higher incidence rate of prostate cancer than nonLDS men during the study period. Rates were consistently higher among LDS men over time (118% in 1985–88, 20% in 1989–92, 15% in 1993–1996, and 13% in 1997–99); age (13% in ages 50–59, 48% in ages 60–69, 28% in ages 70–79, and 16% in ages 80 and older); and stage (36% in local/regional and 17% in unstaged). An age- and stage-shift was observed for both LDS and nonLDS men, although more pronounced among LDS men.