Friday, July 1, 2016

Coffee is no longer classified as a possible carcinogen

There isn't enough proof to show a link between coffee and cancer, and coffee is no longer classified as a possible carcinogen, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says.

"I'm not really sure why coffee was in a higher category in the first place," Owen Yang, an epidemiologist at Oxford University who has examined the possible link between coffee and cancer, told the Associated Press.

"The best evidence available suggests that coffee does not raise the cancer risk," said Yang, who was not part of the IARC expert panel that reexamined the link between coffee and cancer and outlined its conclusions in a letter published in The Lancet Oncology journal.

However, IARC also said that drinking "very hot" beverages of any kind could possibly boost cancer risk and classified them as "probably carcinogenic" to people, the APreported.

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