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Oral cancer can be extremely dangerous, which is why it's important for people to do everything they can to avoid developing this condition, including practicing excellent dental health habits. Recently, a study from the American Cancer Society found a strong association between coffee drinking and oral/pharyngeal cancer mortality.
According to the researchers, people who drank more than four cups of caffeinated coffee a day had an almost 50 percent reduced risk for dying from oral cancer. While more studies need to be conducted to determine exactly how coffee has this effect on cancer, these findings may make people feel better about their regular caffeine jolt.
"Our finding strengthens the evidence of a possible protective effect of caffeinated coffee in the etiology and/or progression of cancers of the mouth and pharynx. It may be of considerable interest to investigate whether coffee consumption can lead to a better prognosis after oral/pharyngeal cancer diagnosis," said study author Janet Hildebrand.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that about one in four people with oral cancer die because it is not diagnosed until the late stages. This is one of the many reasons why people should visit the dentist regularly, since a professional can diagnose this condition.
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