Italian researchers report that coffee consumption reduces risk of the most common type of liver cancer – hepatocellular carcinoma – by 40 percent.
The research reported the findings of their analysis of 16 research studies in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, a journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.
“Our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health, and particularly the liver,” said Carlo La Vecchia, MD, study of the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. “The favorable effect of coffee on liver cancer might be mediated by coffee’s proven prevention of diabetes, a known risk factor for the disease, or for its beneficial effects on cirrhosis and liver enzymes.”
The researchers analyzed high-quality studies involving 3,153 cases.
The incidence of liver cancer has slowly increased in the U.S. over the last two decades, according to the American Cancer Society.
All told, more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer or a related malignancy each year. One in 81 men will develop liver – or a related – cancer in their lifetime. For women, one in nearly 200 will be diagnosed with this disease.
If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with liver cancer, it can be overwhelming. At the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, we follow a clear, patient-friendly protocol to guide you and your family through your diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.
And the experienced specialists at the Liver Tumor Center are at the forefront of treatments for liver cancer, ranging from surgical to nonsurgical treatments. We offer a full complement of options to address virtually any type of liver disease.
Treatments include robotic-assisted liver resection, bloodless resection – a revolutionary surgical technique that enables our surgeons to safely remove up to 75 percent of the liver while cutting recovery time in half – and liver transplantation.