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Research: How to reduce your risk of developing liver cancer

A research published in the journal BMJ Open suggests drinking five cups of coffee a day reduces your risk of developing liver cancer by up to 50%.

According to researchers from Southampton and Edinburgh universities, drinking a cup of coffee daily reduces your risk of developing liver cancer by 20%.

Drinking two cups of coffee a day lowers your risk by 35% while five cups cuts your risk of developing liver cancer by 50%.

To arrive at this conclusion, the researchers examined data from 26 studies involving more than 2.25 million participants.

Lead researcher Dr Oliver Kennedy, from the University of Southampton said as quoted on Daily Mail: “Coffee is widely believed to possess a range of health benefits and these latest findings suggest it could have a significant effect on liver cancer risk.

“We’re not suggesting that everyone should start drinking five cups of coffee a day though. There needs to be more investigation into the potential harms of high coffee-caffeine intake and there is evidence it should be avoided in certain groups such as pregnant women.

“Nevertheless, our findings are an important development given the increasing evidence of HCC globally and its poor prognosis.”

Professor Peter Hayes, of the University of Edinburgh, added: “We have shown that coffee reduces cirrhosis and also liver cancer in a dose-dependent manner.

“Coffee has also been reported to reduce the risk of death from many other causes.

“Our research adds to the evidence that, in moderation, coffee can be a wonderful natural medicine.”

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