A recent study suggests that drinking on to two cups of coffee per day could help to prevent the development of colon cancer. The study was conducted on 8,500 people in Israel. About 5,000 of those people had colorectal cancer, and 3,500 did not have cancer. The people involved in the study drank less than two cups of coffee per day on average. The study found that the coffee drinkers were about 30 percent less likely of developing colorectal cancer compared to non-coffee drinkers. The researchers stated that the more coffee an individual drinks, the less likely they are to develop cancer.
The study states that when compared to people who consume less than one cup of coffee per day, people who drank two cups of coffee per day where 22 percent less likely of developing colorectal cancer, people who drank two-and-a-half cups of coffee where 44 percent less likely, and people who drank more than two-and-a-half cups of coffee where 59 percent less likely of developing colorectal cancer.
Many experts have hypothesized that drinking coffee speeds up the passages of materials in the colon so that the tissue found in the colon has less time to be exposed potential cancer-causing agents therefore reducing the chance of colorectal cancer.