Coffee lovers rejoice!
For the 83 percent of adults who drink coffee in the U.S. (the world's biggest consumer of the beverage), you're in for some good news. A new study by the National Cancer Institute cites that caffeinated coffee may lower the risk of getting skin cancer - malignant melanoma.
Data was taken from over 500,000 people who answered questions about what they ate and drank in a research study at Yale. The study found that four or more cups of coffee consumed daily had a 20 percent lower risk of developing Malignant Melanoma.
"Coffee contains numerous bioactive compounds and may be associated inversely with melanoma. However, previous epidemiological evidence is limited," the study says.
Malignant melanoma is the fifth most common form of cancer in the U.S. according to the National Cancer Institute. However, the best defense of all skin cancers is to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen.
So lather up as you drink up your daily caffeine boost and hit the beach in moderation!