By Samantha Simon
Feb 02, 2015 @ 12:31 pm
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If you’re considering cutting back on your coffee habit, you may want to think again. According to a new study by the National Institutes of Health-American Association of Retired Persons, higher coffee consumption has been linked with a reduced risk of malignant melanoma—meaning that your coffee addiction could actually be sparing your skin while it keeps you energized.

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Backed by the Yale-National Cancer Institute, the study of 447,357 participants revealed that individuals who drank four or more cups of caffeinated coffee each day for 10 years were at a 20 percent lower risk of developing skin cancer than those who consumed less than one cup per day.

“There are many reasons to drink a lot of coffee—and this may be a good one,” says Dr. Darrell Rigel, medical director at Schweiger Dermatology Group. It's possible that the link “is just statistical, but it’s worth further study,” he adds. For now, we’ll just take this as a sign to keep knocking back a cup or two of our favorite breakfast blend each morning (and afternoon, and evening …).

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