Coffee drinkers should be happy to know there is a major health benefit to this delicious drink in the
form of protecting you from liver cancer. The American Liver Foundation writes that about 21,000 Americans are diagnosed with primary liver cancer each year. Primary liver cancer has been noted to be one of the few cancers on the rise in the United States. BioScience Technology reported on Oct. 22, 2013, "Drinking Coffee Cuts Liver Cancer Risk by 40 percent."
According to an up-to-date meta-analysis coffee consumption lowers the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which is the most common type of liver cancer, by about 40 percent. Furthermore, some data have indicated that three cups of coffee per day reduces liver cancer risk by more than 50 percent. Carlo La Vecchia, study author from the department of epidemiology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche, has said,
“Our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health, and particularly the liver.”
Vecchia has said the positive effect of coffee on liver cancer may be mediated by coffee’s proven prevention of diabetes, which is a known risk factor for the disease, or for its beneficial effects on cirrhosis and liver enzymes. It has been difficult to establish whether the association between coffee drinking and HCC is causal,
or if this relationship could be partially due to the fact that patients with liver and digestive diseases often voluntarily lower their coffee intake.
Hepatitis B virus vaccination, control of hepatitis C virus transmission and reduction of alcohol drinking can greatly reduce the incidence of primary liver cancers. Together these three measures can, in principle, help avoid greater than 90 percent of primary liver cancer worldwide. At this time liver cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world, and the third most common cause of death from cancer. So, as long as coffee agrees with you it may be a good idea to enjoy some coffee to help reduce your risk for liver cancer.