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Study Discovers Mechanism Behind Caffeine's Inhibition of UV-induced Cancer
Posted: September 1, 2011
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Based on their findings, the researchers hypothesize that topically applied caffeine may help prevent damaging UV light from causing skin cancer. However, the researchers also found that when both groups of mice were exposed to chronic UV rays for an extended period of time, tumor development occurred in both the genetically modified and regular mice. Therefore, they concluded that ATR inhibition is more efficacious before UV-induced skin cancers develop.
As this study suggests, perhaps caffeine should be formulated in sunscreens to increase skin protection against UV-induced skin cancer.