The Journal Of The National Cancer Institute published a new study of Coffee Drinking & Cutaneous Cancer in which they concluded:
Higher coffee intake was associated with a modest decrease in risk of melanoma in this large US cohort study. Additional investigations of coffee intake and its constituents, particularly caffeine, with melanoma are warranted.
The study focused on 447,000 people, gathering baseline data from an AARP Diet & Health food frequency questionnaire. Interestingly, over a median 10 year follow up period, an inverse relationship was shown between the presence of cancer and consumption of 4 cups of coffee a day. (less diagnosis of cancer among those folks drinking 4 cups a day)
They gave us some perspective regarding the real risks of this kind of cancer:
Cutaneous melanoma is the fifth most common cancer and the leading cause of skin cancer death in the United States, with an estimated 77 000 new cases and 9500 deaths in 2013.
The Full Study can be found here:
Coffee Drinking and Cutaneous Melanoma Risk in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study