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Coffee & Cancer


(CNN)--Instead of drinking a cup of coffee in the morning, maybe you should pour some on your skin.

Researchers at Rutgers University found that caffeine guards against the development of non-melanoma skin cancers.

For each cup of coffee you drink, there's a five-percent decrease of sunlight-induced skin cancer.

They say it works by blocking a protein enzyme in the skin.

Based on studies with mice, scientists believe caffeine applied to the skin could help prevent skin cancer.

More than one million cases of skin cancer caused by sun exposure are diagnosed each year, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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