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Coffee negatively related to liver cancer and alcohol can cause cancers

Coffee is negatively related to liver cancer, while alcohol can cause many cancers



Coffee negatively related to liver cancer and alcohol can cause cancers.  According to a new study funded by  World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for a variety of cancers, including head and neck cancer (oral cancer, pharynx cancer, throat cancer), esophageal cancer, and bowel cancer, and more widely known Breast cancer and liver cancer, the study was published in Nature Communications this week. The study also found that the increase in coffee consumption is associated with a decrease in the risk of liver cancer and skin basal cell carcinoma.

Coffee negatively related to liver cancer and alcohol can cause cancers

The study looked at data from 860 articles of published studies that explored the association between food and nutrient intake and the risk of developing or dying from 11 different cancers. When alcohol is metabolized, it breaks down into chemicals that can bind to DNA, leading to mutations that can cause cancer. Alcohol also increases hormone levels associated with the development of certain types of breast cancer.

Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages worldwide. It is believed that the beneficial effects of coffee consumption may be due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can prevent diseases caused by inflammation such as cancer.

This comprehensive review confirmed our evidence that alcohol and coffee are related to cancer. Further research is needed to better understand the link mechanism between coffee and cancer and the difference between alcohol in different cancer subtypes.

As always, researchers continue to encourage limiting alcohol intake as part of our cancer prevention recommendations, which include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and enjoying a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes. The authors of the study called for more targeted public health policies to prevent the major diet-related cancer risk factors, especially alcohol.

The results of this study confirmed the evidence in the third WCRF expert report that alcohol consumption is positively correlated with oral cancer, pharyngeal cancer, laryngeal cancer, esophageal cancer (squamous cell carcinoma), breast cancer, colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, and liver cancer.


Papadimitriou N, Markozannes G, Kanellopoulou A, et al. An umbrella review of the evidence associating diet and cancer risk at 11 anatomical sites Nat Commun. 2021 Jul 28;12(1):4579. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-24861 -8.


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