Otis Brawley

Can coffee cause cancer? Probably not, but make sure it isn't very hot, WHO says

Can coffee cause cancer? Probably not, but make sure it isn't very hot, WHO says

Some like it hot. But a new report from the World Health Organization suggests that when it comes to beverages such as coffee, liking it too hot may increase the risk for esophageal cancer.

The warning, issued Wednesday, follows an exhaustive review of studies on coffee, tea and cancer by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. A working group of 23 scientists declared that drinking beverages hotter than 149 degrees Fahrenheit is “probably carcinogenic to humans” — a category that also includes red meat, the pesticide DDT and the human...

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