Caffeine may help protect against some skin cancers by promoting the destruction of cells damaged by sunlight.
Scientists have worked out how caffeine might protect against certain skin cancers – a finding that could lead to better sunscreens.
The research, conducted in mice, suggests that caffeine changes the activity of a gene involved in the destruction of cells that have DNA damage and are therefore more likely to become cancerous. The scientists said this may lead to new ways of preventing skin cancer, though other experts cautioned that it did not mean coffee lovers were better protected against the disease.
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