Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells in the body. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, accounting for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. While there are many factors that contribute to the development of cancer, including genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors, diet has been shown to play an important role in both cancer prevention and treatment. In this article, we will explore some foods that have anti-cancer properties, including coffee, green tea, turmeric, fruits, and cruciferous vegetables.
Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and has been studied extensively for its potential health benefits. While some studies have suggested that coffee consumption may increase the risk of certain types of cancer, such as bladder cancer, others have found that it may have protective effects against other types of cancer, including liver, colorectal, and breast cancer.
One study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of liver cancer. The study followed over 90,000 Japanese participants for an average of 16 years, and found that those who drank coffee regularly had a lower risk of liver cancer than those who did not drink coffee. Another study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer in women. The study followed over 34,000 women for an average of 10 years, and found that those who drank at least four cups of coffee per day had a lower risk of colorectal cancer than those who did not drink coffee.
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