The American Cancer Society notes that aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. Estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2013 by he American Cancer Society are about 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and about 29,720 men will die of prostate cancer. Heavy coffee drinking may help men battle prostate cancer, according to an article in HealthDay on Aug. 26, 2013.
A new study has found men with a history of prostate cancer who drank four or more cups of coffee daily had a 59 percent lower risk of their cancer worsening or returning. However, this research did not prove that coffee drinking protects against prostate cancer, and there remains no proof that coffee drinkers had lower odds of dying from the disease.
The research team, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, found no effect from tea drinking on prostate cancer. However, the researchers said that might be due to the study's own limitations. They said any link between tea drinking and prostate cancer outcomes "should be investigated in future studies that have access to larger populations with higher levels of tea consumption."
Dr. Matthew Galsky, an associate professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City, said, "This is an interesting study that provides additional evidence for an association between coffee consumption and prostate cancer behavior." The study authors think there's good reason to believe that coffee could have cancer-fighting properties.