Beat Skin Cancer with Coffee

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Hi, I'm Dr. Oz and here's your health tip for today. Could your morning cup of coffee beat back skin cancer? Well guess what it might. It's the caffeine in java that seems to do the trick, whether you sip it or slather it on. Live studies have found that caffeine helps block two key mechanisms that triggers skin tumors.

It also helps kill off UVB damaged skin cells that can turn cancerous. Sipping three or more cups a day can help reduce your risk of basal cell carcinoma up to 20%. That's the most common and curable type of skin cancer. Applying caffeine to your skin, say the sunscreen that contains it, can also help.

Caffeine acts as a natural sunscreen that absorbs damaging UV light. But even if you drink coffee and use a skin lotion that contains caffeine, remember that's just some of the many sun smart habits you should practice. Stay out of the sun in the middle of the day, always use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, and we're happy.

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