Heat, not coffee, may cause esophageal cancer

Heat, not coffee, may cause esophageal cancer

Coffee lovers – you are in luck! The World Health Organization (WHO) reported drinking coffee is unlikely to cause cancer and may even help protect you from some cancers.

Coffee was previously thought to be potentially carcinogenic, but upon reevaluation, the organization determined it is the very hot temperature of the beverage, rather than the content of the beverage, that may cause esophageal cancer. ‘Very hot’ is considered to be any temperature above 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit).

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, stated in a news release there is “no conclusive evidence for a carcinogenic effect of drinking coffee.” Carcinogens are substances involved in causing cancer.

“There is lacking evidence to suggest that coffee is a cause of cancer, but it should still be consumed in moderation, with adults drinking no more than three or four cups per day,” says Dr. Ann Mauer, an oncologist at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. “The best way to reduce your risk of cancer is to live a healthy lifestyle free of smoking and excessive alcohol use and to receive all recommended cancer screenings in a timely manner.”

Need another reason to justify that afternoon run to Starbucks? The team also concluded that coffee may reduce the risk of cancer in the liver and uterine endometrium, according to the news release.

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One Comment

  1. How many ounces in a cup of coffee and what constitutes “excessive” alcohol use?

    Thank You

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