A cup of coffee is served at a coffee shop in Caracas, Venezuela, February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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There is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency said Wednesday in a reverse of its previous warning, but it also said all "very hot" drinks are probably carcinogenic.It now says its latest review found "no conclusive evidence for a carcinogenic effect" of coffee drinking and pointed to some studies showing coffee may actually reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer.At the same time, however, IARC presented other scientific evidence which suggests that drinking anything very hot – around 65 degrees Celsius or above – including water, coffee, tea and other beverages, could cause cancer of the esophagus.There was inadequate evidence for coffee to be classified as either carcinogenic or not carcinogenic.The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, whose members are six of the major European coffee companies – illycaffe, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Lavazza, Nestle, Paulig, and Tchibo – said IARC had found "no negative relationship between coffee consumption and cancer".
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