Oral cancer, anyway. People who drink more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day are at about half the risk of death of these often fatal cancers compared to those who only occasionally or who never drank coffee.

There was a weaker link between decaf and staying cancer free.

In a recent study of almost 100,000 people who were cancer-free, almost 900 deaths due to oral/pharyngeal cancer occurred during the 26 years of follow-up. Although it is less common in the United States, oral/pharyngeal cancer is among the ten most common cancers in the world. Researchers found that consuming more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day was associated with a 49% lower risk of oral cancer. The association was independent of sex, smoking or alcohol use.

Researcher Janet Hildebrand says, "Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and contains a variety of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other biologically active compounds that may help to protect against development or progression of cancers."

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