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Caffeine may protect against skin cancer

February 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
There's another reason for coffee drinkers to love that cup of java. Scientists say it may be good for your skin, in a way.Researchers at the University of Washington have found that caffeine appears to protect against skin cancer by targeting damaged skin cells that can become malignant.

The effect is relatively small, so drinking more tea and coffee won't necessarily help.

The findings could, however, lead to a type of caffeine sunscreen.


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