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Coffee May Improve the Health of Your Skin: Coffee Skin Correlation

New research shows that there may be a coffee skin relationship.  We now have studies showing the consumption of caffeine, in coffee and other foods, may decrease your risk of forming a basal cell carcinoma.  Two large studies showed that people who drank at least three cups of coffee each month had a 17% reduction in risk of basal cell carcinoma development, when compared to people who drank only one cup of coffee each month.  There is more research necessary to determine the scope of the role that caffeine plays in the development of basal cell carcinoma.  However, with nearly one million basal cell carcinomas diagnosed each year, even a small improvement with caffeine consumption could affect many people. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer.  These lesions often form on areas with significant sun exposure, such as the face, chest and hands.  It is important to have a skin cancer screening once yearly with a dermatologist, in order to diagnose any possible basal cell carcinomas.  Once identified, basal cell carcinomas are usually removed with a small surgical procedure.  They are very slow growing skin cancers, with a high cure rate once identified. In addition to the possibility of moderate caffeine consumption to decrease risk of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) development, there are other actions that you can take to prevent the development of basal cell carcinoma.  Daily sunscreen use can decrease the likelihood of developing a BCC; sun protective clothing is also useful, particularly when in the water or exercising outside.  You should avoid tanning bed use and avoid direct sun exposure when possible.  However, even if you take these steps, you may still develop a basal cell carcinoma.  BCC's can appear as a pinkish bump, a non-healing red spot, a scaly patch or many other forms.  It is important to be checked yearly for the development of new lesions, and visit your dermatologist promptly if you notice a new lesion or non-healing area of the skin. Click here to read more about skin cancers.
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