A recent study conducted by National Institutes of Health and the American Association of Retired Persons, concluded that people who drink at least 4 cups of coffee per day had a 22% lower occurrence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The researchers tracked 447,357 retirees over 10 years, who drank coffee regularly and concluded that their coffee consumption may protect them against malignant melanoma. The participants reported their coffee consumption as well as other factors that might influence their cancer risk, including exercise, alcohol intake and body-mass index. To estimate people’s UV exposure, the researchers used NASA data on the amount of sunlight in each participant’s hometown. Further, the researchers went on to say that there was no such link with decaf coffee. Meaning caffeine may be the key to the reduction in skin cancer. Additional studies are being conducted to possibly extend these findings to all caffeinated drinks but the research is still in process and conclusive evidence on whether all caffeinated drinks may have this same effect is still forthcoming. In the meantime, drink coffee (hot or cold) but be sure it is caffeinated and wear sunscreen to further reduce your skin cancer risk! Read more about Skin Cancer and Our Skin Cancer Treatment Center.