More about cancer risks and coffee drinkers

Hot on the heels of recent reports that coffee drinking may increase the risk of cancer of the pancreas gland comes another which adds decaffeinated coffee to the list.

“Patients who drink more wine and decaffeinated coffee, and are of a higher social class, have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer,” Dr R. S. Lin says in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

What’s more, he found that men occupied in dry-cleaning businesses or in jobs involving a close association with petrol or petrol products have five times the normal risk of getting pancreatic cancer.

Women at risk were more likely to smoke cigarettes and to have uterine fibroids (fibrous, non cancerous growths of the womb which are very common), or to have undergone oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) or spontaneous abortion (miscarriage). They are said to be 34 times more likely to get cancer.

In the past 30 years, pancreatic cancer has greatly increased. Only cancers of the large bowel, lung and breast cause more deaths, Dr Lin says.

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