May 19, 2011 14:43 ET

Robotic Prostatectomy Expert Dr. David Samadi Discusses Coffee's Effect on Prostate Cancer

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 19, 2011) - Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center appeared on Fox-TV's Good Day NY to discuss a new study on coffee and its positive effect on prostate cancer. "We've long known that coffee in general can affect diseases like diabetes, Parkinson's and liver disease," said Samadi, a robotic prostatectomy and prostate cancer surgery expert, "but this is a very important study that shows promise in prostate cancer treatment as well."

According to the study by Harvard School of Public Health, men who are regular coffee drinkers are at a 20 to 60 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer. Ironically, caffeine does not seem to play a big role in the health benefit. Dr. Samadi, who is also a urologic oncologist, believes that coffee may affect the sex hormone and insulin regulation, both of which affect prostate cancer. "It's especially impactful if you have a family history of prostate cancer," said Samadi.

"Whether you drink one cup or six cups a day, you get the benefit," said Dr Samadi. He continued that men should not run out and start drinking six cups of coffee since the true mechanism is not known, which is why more research will be needed. But the key may lie in the anti-oxidant or anti-inflammatory quality of coffee.

The study followed 45,000 participants who consumed both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. The group that drank six or more cups a day was found to have a lowered risk of developing the more deadly form of prostate cancer. However, those that consumed three cups a day experienced a 30 percent lower risk. More studies will be needed to determine which key ingredients of coffee might be the contributing factor to this trend.

Caffeine has been credited with effects on many conditions and diseases, such as asthma, Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. "Understandably, an association between coffee and prostate cancer is scientifically believable and warrants further research," said Dr. Samadi, "but of course high coffee consumption does have its risks, which is why one should not immediately change their coffee drinking habits without having all of the information."

Prostate cancer risks maybe reduced by drinking coffee regularly according to a Harvard medical study

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