Coffee in the Doctor’s Waiting Room?

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takeout coffeeYou can relax with that second cup of joe and not worry about an increased risk of cancer, but your doctor may not have heard that message.

AICR/WCRF expert report found no link between coffee consumption and cancer, and subsequent studies have reinforced that finding.

Although research has quelled fears about a coffee-cancer link many people are still unaware of that fact.  In fact, slightly more than one-third of health professionals thought coffee was linked to cancer, according to a survey conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

This study was done in the UK, so we don’t know if similar results would be found in the U.S.

U.S. coffee drinkers need to keep in mind that additions such as whipped cream, syrups and other sweeteners pack in the calories.  If regularly consumed, those extra calories can lead to overweight and obesity, which is a cause of cancer.  And, if you have sleep difficulties, heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you should limit coffee.

Since coffee may offer health benefits due to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds it contains, if you don’t have reason to avoid it, go ahead and enjoy that second cup.  Just keep it simple – plain – or with a little skim or lowfat milk.

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    Mushroom Mavens Rejoice

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    Once you’ve tasted our hearty, warming Marvelous Mushroom Soup – today’s Health-e-Recipe from AICR – you’ll have proof that healthy eating can be sublime.

    Mushrooms – maitakeshiitake and oyster mushrooms — are under study for possible cancer-prevention properties. But even the less-expensive white button mushrooms add lots of antioxidants, which appear to protect cells from damage that can lead to cancer.

    And along with all those mushrooms, you get an aromatic helping of garlic, which is packed with its own powerful cancer-fighting phytochemicaFD002151_47ls.

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      Cancer Experts On the Decade’s Greatest Advances

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      2010TestTubeCroppedIn the latest issue of Cancer Research Update, AICR’s biweekly email newsletter on the science of cancer prevention, treatment and survival, we asked cancer researchers and educators to answer one, simple question:

      What do we know today that we didn’t know just 10 years ago?

      Their answers might surprise you – they surprised us.  Although epidemiologists, clinicians, basic researchers and health professionals differ on what they believe to be the most important achievement in the past ten years, they agreed on one thing:  It’s never been clearer that diet, physical activity and a healthy weight all play an important protective role.

      Check out the article — and subscribe to Cancer Research Update today.

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