WARNING: Very hot coffee can cause cancer -- WHO scientists

WARNING: Very hot coffee can cause cancer -- WHO scientists

The World Health Organization (WHO) has backtracked on its previous announcement that coffee is "possibly carcinogenic," and instead now says all "very hot" drinks are probably cancer causing.

WARNING: Very hot coffee can cause cancer -- WHO scientists

Cancer-causing or not? Make up your mind, WHO. (Photo from Thinkstock)

The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer said on Wednesday, June 15 that there is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer.

But its latest review also said that there is scientific evidence that drinking anything more than 65 degrees Celsius could cause cancer of the esophagus. This could be any very hot drink, including water, coffee, and tea.

The cancer research agency reviewed more than a thousand scientific studies on humans and animals to conclude that there was no sufficient evidence to classify coffee as carcinogenic or not.

The US National Coffee Association said this clarification is a "great news for coffee drinkers."

Last year, the IARC also said processed meat is a possible carcinogen.

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