Experts Conclude: Coffee Is Not A Carcinogen, May Protect Against Cancer

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By Cooking Panda

Thank you, science! My second trip to the cafe today has just been justified.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and an international Working Group of 23 scientists convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded on June 15 that the habitual drinking of coffee could protect against at least two types of cancer. 

Allow me to just repeat: the study says protect. As in safeguard, keep from harm, defend. Take that, everybody who told me growing up that my coffee habit would slowly kill me, and also make me shrink.

This announcement follows decades of research which suggested that the beverage boasted various health benefits.

Additionally, the panel announced that there was a lack of evidence that coffee might cause other types of cancer; the same could not be said for “very hot” beverages, however.

“These results suggest that drinking very hot beverages is one probable cause of oesophageal cancer and that it is the temperature, rather than the drinks themselves, that appears to be responsible,” says Dr. Christopher Wild, IARC Director, in the press release.

In particular, the study cited a correlation between the heightened risk of oesophageal cancer with countries such as China, Iran, and regions in South America where teas such as mate are traditionally consumed at “very hot” temperatures — around 150 or 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Still, when it comes to coffee, the experts claim that there was inadequate evidence to demonstrate that coffee might cause cancer, according to a letter published in The Lancet Oncology.

“I’m not really sure why coffee was in a higher category in the first place,” Owen Yang, an epidemiologist at Oxford University, told Fox News. “The best evidence available suggests that coffee does not raise the cancer risk.”

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“Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption are much more significant for reducing cancer risk than the temperature of what you’re drinking,” said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

“As a heavy coffee drinker, I have always enjoyed my coffee guilt-free,” he concluded. “But now there is scientific evidence to justify that.”

Hear, hear, Dr. Brawley!

Sources: IARCFox News / Photo credit: Genesis Transformation

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