Coffee May Protect Against Melanoma.
ABC World News (1/20, story 15, 0:20, Muir, 5.84M) reported that the National Cancer Institute is “saying four or more cups a day reduces the risk of malignant melanoma by 20 percent.”
TIME (1/21, Park, 23.35M) reports that in a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers at the NCI “looked at food and cancer information from more than 447,000 people enrolled in a National Institutes of Health-AARP study who answered a 124-item food questionnaire and allowed the scientists access to their medical records.”
On its website, CBS News (1/21, 8.2M) reports, “The researchers found that frequent coffee drinkers – those who consumed four cups or more per day – had a 20 percent lower risk for developing malignant melanoma than those who drank less coffee.” The investigators “also observed the protective benefits of coffee increased the more a person drank.”
Fox News (1/21, Kwan, 8.25M) reports that the investigators “found a statistically significant effect only for caffeinated coffee, but not decaffeinated,” which could “be due to chance, or a number of explanations, study author Erikka Loftfield, M.P.H., of the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the National Cancer Institute, told FoxNews.com in an email.” She added, “Since the majority of coffee drinkers in our study primarily drank caffeinated coffee, we had better statistical power to detect an association for caffeinated than for decaffeinated coffee drinking.”
HealthDay (1/21, Thompson, 5K) reports, “Even with these findings, Loftfield said people should not rely on coffee to protect them from melanoma.” She said, “The main message really is that sun and [ultraviolet] radiation exposure are the major risk factors for melanoma.” Loftfield added, “It is important to study other factors to better understand the cause of this disease, but we must keep these major risk factors in mind.” The Daily Mail (UK) (1/21, 4.78M) and the Guardian (UK) (1/21, 2.74M) also cover the story
from ASCO Newsletter