If patients with colon cancer had coffee every day they would be more likely to survive. This is the conclusion reached after the study by the institute Dana-Farber Cancer in which they associate caffeine consumption and recovery in colon patients in stage 3.
You can find the study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The results obtained were that people who drank between 3 or 4 cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of recurrence of this type of tumors.
“We found that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of the cancer returning and a significantly greater survival and potential for a cure,” says lead investigator Charles Fuchs, director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at Dana Farber.
The consumption of coffee is very habitual nowadays in which it seems that one is neither awake nor active if it does not take its cup of coffee. This is one of the reasons why this product is studied so much, because many people consume it. But not all that is discovered of this delicious drink is good, in fact, in recent months, Medical News Today showed studies that say that coffee consumption could increase the risk of mild cognitive impairment, although another study that showed us they said it helps reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction. That is, not everything is so good, not everything so bad. You have to take things with caution and always taking into account the personal characteristics of each one.
In addition, the study we focus on today is not only good for colon cancer in men, but also for breast cancer in women, which reduces the risk of recurrence of the tumor if they drink two cups a day of exquisite coffee.
In that study, 953 patients participated, all of whom had colon cancer and were in stage 3 of the cancer. What they did was fill out a few questions during the treatment and half a year after receiving chemo in which they indicated how much caffeine they took each day, whether as tea or as coffee. And then they saw the relationship between the responses of all those who participated with the mortality of the cases. They found that patients who drank more than 4 cups a day – about 460 mg of caffeine relapsed 42 percent less than those who did not drink coffee and reduced mortality by 33 percent.
It is not well known what causes the mortality and recurrence of the disease to be reduced so significantly but it is believed to be related to insulin levels, since coffee causes our body to need less insulin because it increases sensitivity to this and that diminishes the inflammation, something positive in case of suffering a tumor.
“If you are a coffee drinker and are being treated for colon cancer, do not stop consuming it,” says Fuchs. “But if you’re not a coffee drinker and are wondering if you start taking it, you should first discuss it with your doctor.”