Can coffee and tea help prevent cancer?

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jul 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-02 17:55:05-04

Caffeine may lower your risk of developing skin cancer.

Researchers at Harvard University tracked the health data of more than 100,000 people over the course of 20 years. Their study found that people who consumed caffeinated products like coffee, tea, or chocolate were less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma, the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the U.S.

Despite the findings, doctors say it's still important to use sunscreen.

In addition to wearing sunscreen, the best ways to prevent skin cancer include avoiding the midday sun and wearing protective clothing.