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Coffee Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk of Liver Cancer

Update Date: Oct 27, 2013 08:33 PM EDT

Drinking three cups of coffee every day could lower the risk of liver cancer by 50 per cent, a new research has found.

Previously coffee has been proven to prevent diabetes too which is among one of the known risk factors for liver cancer. Another study also found that the coffee consumption reduced the risk of most common type of liver cancer known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

“Our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health, and particularly the liver,” said study author Dr Carlo La Vecchia according to Daily Mail.

“The favorable effect of coffee on liver cancer might be mediated by coffee’s proven prevention of diabetes, a known risk factor for the disease, or for its beneficial effects on cirrhosis and liver enzymes,” added Dr Carlo.

The research involved a meta-analysis of articles that were published between the duration between 1996 and September 2012. This involved 16 high-quality studies which consisted total of 3,153 cases.

“It remains unclear whether coffee drinking has an additional role in liver cancer prevention. But, in any case, such a role would be limited as compared to what is achievable through the current measures,” added Dr La Vecchia according to Daily Mail.

Control of hepatitis C virus transmission, hepatitis B virus vaccination and reduction in alcohol intake are three measures that highly effective in the primary liver cancer treatment. Experts believe that combination of these three measure avoid more than 90 per cent of liver cancer occurring worldwide.

Liver cancer is the third most common cause of deaths from cancer and sixth most common cancer worldwide.

The research has been published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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