A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute now establishes that drinking four or more cups of coffee per day provides an additional 20% protection against melanoma. Melanoma is any of several malignant neoplasms of the skin consisting of melanocytes.

This study gives coffee lovers the excuse to take more coffee every day, because it does more than wake you up in the morning, it gives you added insurance against developing skin cancer.

Over 447,000 participants were included in the US survey that was conducted over a 10-year period; and the research found a link between drinking daily doses of coffee and 20% decreased chances of developing melanoma skin cancer.

Although melanoma is largely caused by undue exposure to UV radiations, the condition can still come on via natural sunlight or artificial light used in sunbeds.

About 12,800 people in the United Kingdom are diagnosed each year with melanoma. A 2007 study had earlier found that coffee consumption reduces the chances of developing non-melanoma skin cancer, and this latest study only builds on the earlier research.

Decaffeinated coffee had no affect on the risk of skin cancer in both studies.

But there is a risk though. Excessive intake of caffeine found in coffee increases blood pressure, and you might want to guard against this. However, more research is still called for in this area to fully establish the benefits of coffee against harmful UV rays and skin cancers.

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