Drink More Coffee to Prevent a Second Basal Cell Carcinoma: Dermatology News™
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer in the United States. Basal Cell Carcinoma is believed to be caused principally by the sun and occur more commonly in fair skinned individuals who sun burn easily. Basal Cell Carcinoma usually presents as a “pearly” bump in the skin or as a non-healing lesion in the skin. The location of the Basal Cell Carcinoma is in a chronically sun exposed location of the body such as the face, neck, chest, shoulders or arms.
Research has historically shown that after a first diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma roughly one third of patients will develop a second basal cell carcinoma within the next couple of years. Recent research shows a potential link in the amount to coffee an individual drinks and their risk of developing a second basal cell carcinoma. In the study, individuals who drank 2 cups of coffee per day were more likely to be diagnosed with a second basal cell carcinoma than those patients who drank 5 cups of coffee per day. Drinking more coffee per day was associated with a 30% reduction in the relative risk of developing a second basal cell carcinoma.