Past studies have suggested that coffee consumption is indeed linked to less risk for developing non-melanoma skin cancer but up until this year, there was no proof that the deadliest form of skin cancer has anything to do with the caffeinated beverage.
The research was conducted over a period of over 10 years and 447,357 non-Hispanic fair-skinned people participated. Factors such as gender, alcohol consumption and UV exposure did not interact with the effect of coffee on lowering the melanoma risk.
The good news was: the participants that drink on average more than four cups of coffee per day were indeed less likely to develop melanoma by 20%.
More specifically: There were 55.9 cases of melanoma yearly per 100,000 people among those who drank at least four cups a day, versus 77.64 cases yearly per 100,000 people among the people who didn’t drink coffee. The findings specifically applied to caffeinated coffee, not decaf.
We cannot know for sure if the caffeine in itself was the cause of this or other unknown factors came into play, but this is certainly good news for coffee lovers.
What does this mean?
If you love coffee you can keep drinking it. But you still need to use sun cream when you expose yourself to the sun (we hope that’s clear!). However, four cups of coffee can lead to a lack of sleep and an overall more anxious mood, so if tea is your thing, let others have their cup o’ joe and stick to what you like.