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Coffee could cut prostate cancer risk

Men — had your cup of cancer protection today?

A good friend of mine frequently comments on his goal of getting off coffee. He loves it, but he’s sure that it’s bad for him — no matter how many times I remind him of the numerous health benefits I’ve written about in the e-Tips (search “coffee” in the archives here at if you want to see them for yourself).

I just can’t convince him that he doesn’t have to see coffee as a bad habit.

But maybe some Harvard scientists can succeed where I’ve failed.

In fact — this isn’t just about coffee not being bad for him. It’s about coffee being very, very good for him.

A new study of 47,911 men who reported on their coffee intake has revealed that coffee lowers the risk of prostate cancer.

Compared to men who didn’t drink coffee, men who drank six or more cups of coffee per day were nearly 20 percent less likely to have prostate cancer over the course of two decades.

So, that’s pretty good, right? Well, it gets even better. Those mega-dosing coffee drinkers were also 60 percent less likely to end up with a deadly form of prostate cancer.

My friend loves his coffee, but he hasn’t quite reached a six-cups-a-day habit. But that’s okay — men who drank one to three cups a day were 30 percent less likely to end up with fatal prostate cancer.

If you’re trying to lay off caffeine, that’s fine — both the regular stuff and decaf had the same risk-lowering effect.

If you’re not into coffee, there are plenty of other ways to naturally lower your risk of developing prostate cancer. Have a handful of walnuts each day. Try heating things up with some curry at dinner. Take your vitamin E. The details on all of this and more are in the e-Tips archive at Just search “prostate cancer.”

“Prevention: Coffee Lowers Risk of Prostate Cancer, Harvard Study Says,” New York Times (