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Study shows coffee could protect against skin cancer

A new study shows that grabbing a cup of coffee each morning not only wakes you up, but can also protect against skin cancer. (Source: Starbucks Newsroom) A new study shows that grabbing a cup of coffee each morning not only wakes you up, but can also protect against skin cancer. (Source: Starbucks Newsroom)

(WTVM) - A new study shows that grabbing a cup of coffee each morning not only wakes you up, but can also protect against skin cancer.

The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that people who drank more than four cups of coffee each day on average had a 20 percent lower risk of developing melanoma over 10 years.

Research shows that drinking coffee could protect against less deadly forms of skin cancer by lessening the damage to skin cells that are caused by the UV rays from the sun.

Melanoma is the fifth-most common cancer in the United States. In 2013, there were an estimated 9,500 deaths from melanoma.

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