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Coffee Could Help Prevent Colon Cancer Recurrence

violetkaipa/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Drinking caffeinated coffee could help prevent recurrences of colon cancer, while even limiting drinkers' risk of other serious diseases.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, looked at almost 1,000 patients and found that those who drank four or more cups of coffee per day were 42 percent less likely to have cancer recur. They were also 34 percent less likely to die from cancer or any other cause, according to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where the study was conducted.

Researchers say two to three cups of coffee per day offer more modest benefits, while one cup or less provides minimal health benefit.

The study notes that non-herbal tea and decaffeinated coffee were not associated with the same outcomes.

Still, Charles Fuchs, one of the researchers from the Dana-Farber Institute isn't recommending cancer patients immediately pick up a cup of joe. "If you are a coffee drinker and are being treated for colon cancer, don't stop," he said, "but if you're not a coffee drinker and wondering whether to start, you should first discuss it with your physician."

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