Coffee consumption may reduce the risk of basal cell carcinoma

You read statements like this all the time. Often, you end up reading a contradictory article on the same topic not long after. You then choose to believe the one that suits best!

Here's a meta-analysis study (a study looking at all the previous smaller studies on the topic) published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention. If you like your coffee, the news is all good. It states that there is a statistically significant reduction in the risk of basal cell carcinoma (our most common skin cancer) which increases with the more coffee you drink. The relative risk at one cup per day was 0.96 (a 4% reduction in risk) and this increased steadily to 0.81 (a 19% reduction in risk) for more than three cups of coffee per day.

Go and grab yourself a coffee - you've got the justification, if you need it!