Drinking a cup of coffee could do more than get your day started. Researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital found drinking a cup of coffee daily could reduce the risk of developing certain forms of skin cancer.

The study released Tuesday could not prove the cause and effect of daily coffee consumption but based on study results found those who drank caffeinated coffee had a lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.

The study did not find an association with decaffeinated coffee and decreased risk of the cancer. Researchers assume the benefits come with caffeine because it is a stimulant.

The study collected data from about 113,000 adults who took part in the US Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Over more than 20 years, researchers identified 25,000 cases of skin cancer. Of those 23,000 were basal cell carcinoma.

The study found women who reported drinking more than three cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma. Men who drank three cups or more daily were at a 9 percent lower risk than men who drank one cup of coffee per month.

Basal cell carcinoma is rarely fatal but fairly common and can be pricy to treat.