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Coffee drinkers may have reduced skin cancer risk, study shows

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Getting your morning cup of coffee doesn’t only set you up for the day: it could also help save your life, a new study found.

The study found that those who drink coffee are less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma, which is the most basic type of skin cancer. The study, which looked at 113,000 men and women, found that those who drank three or more cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of the cancer than those who did not drink the coffee.

Skin cancer affects 2.8 million Americans each year.

"I think we're seeing more and more evidence for the beneficial effects of coffee consumption," said study author Jiali Han, associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health, according to ABC News.

Han also added that coffee has been linked to reduced risk of diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

"I wouldn't recommend drinking coffee solely based on this work, but it does add one more thing to the list," she said, according to ABC News.

The study was published in the journal Cancer Research.

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