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Coffee Can Lower Your Risk for This Type of Cancer

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If there's one statement the majority of us can agree on, it's "but first, coffee." Because coffee is not only awesome at amping us up for an a.m. Spin class or pushing us through the 3 p.m. slumps; the beverage has also been found to fuel workouts, cool you down on a hot day (yes, seriously), and possibly increase your lifespan. And the latest research, presented this week at the American Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting, gives us another reason to keep brewing another pot.

The study, conducted at Harvard Medical School, found that women who drank more than four cups of joe a day had a 22 percent lower risk of developing endometrial cancer (or cancer of the lining of the uterus) than non-coffee drinkers. Keep in mind this research has not been published in any journal yet—rather, it was a comprehensive review of 19 previous studies, which had a total of 40,000 female subjects, 12,000 of whom had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer. (How Much Coffee Is Too Much?)

Lead study author Marta Crous-Bou, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, noted in her presentation that while drinking more than four cups of coffee a day was associated with the greatest benefit, drinking two to three cups was also associated with a reduced risk of the cancer. So it's not like you need to be a complete coffee fiend—those who drank two or three cups a day had a reduced risk of seven percent (not as great, but definitely statistically significant).

However, the most important finding, perhaps, was that the protective benefits were only seen in women considered overweight or obese accordingly to their individual BMIs, and those with normal ones had no effect at all. Keep in mind, Crous-Bou noted, that overweight and obese women are more likely to develop the disease in the first place. (Another recent study found that Birth Control Pills Could Slash Your Risk of Endometrial Cancer.)

So while clearly more research needs to be done when it comes to coffee taking care of cancer, it can't hurt to sip a cup or two of coffee a day. If nothing else, it's warm, delicious and calorie-free. (Just for fun, check out 11 Coffee Stats You Never Knew.)

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