More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over 2 million people are diagnosed annually. (Related: Sun-Proof Your Summer Workout
) But pairing exercise with a habit you may already have—consuming coffee or other caffeinated drinks—may reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, one of the most widespread types. (Search: What is squamous cell carcinoma?
) In a recent Rutgers University study, mice that that were given caffeine and ran on a running wheel had 62% fewer skin tumors than the rodents who neither exercised nor consumed caffeine. Exercise alone reduced tumor incidence by 35%, but the combination of caffeine and exercise seems to be more effective in removal of sunlight-caused DNA damaged cells than exercise or caffeine independently, says Yao-Ping Lu, PhD, associate research professor of chemical biology and director of skin cancer prevention at the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in Piscataway, NJ.
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