19 June 2016
The World Health Organization’s cancer research team has said that coffee cannot cause cancer as it is not classifiable as a carcinogen and has no carcinogenic effects on other cancers including pancreas and prostrate.
This is coming twenty-five years after coffee was classified as a possible carcinogen leading to bladder cancer.
The news came after WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer reviewed more than 1,000 studies that showed coffee is not a cancer culprit.
Dr. Dana Loomis, the official responsible for the evaluation said that it is not the first time the IARC has downgraded the cancer risk of a substance “but it happens seldom.”
A group of 23 scientists convened by the IARC concluded “that there was inadequate evidence for the carcinogenicity of coffee drinking overall.”
Despite this good news, the IARC said that drinking very hot beverages is now classified as “probably carcinogenic.”
The group based its findings on what it described as limited evidence from epidemiological studies that showed positive associations between cancer of the esophagus and drinking very hot beverages.
The study focused on places such as China and South America, where tea or maté is often consumed at temperatures of about 158 degrees Fahrenheit—roughly 10 degrees hotter than people in the U.S., U.K. and Europe who are accustomed to drinking coffee or tea.