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Coffee may not cause cancer, but very hot drinks could - WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reversed its previous warning on coffee, adding that there is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer.

However, WHO also warns that consuming extremely hot beverages could increase the risk.

WHO spokesperson, Tarik Jasarevic, has urged the public to be cautious and cool down very hot drinks to reduce the risk of oesophageal cancer.

We should really be aware. Let's cool our hot beverages because drinking something that is scalding hot can have an effect on the oesophagus and increase the risk.

Tarik Jasarevic, World Health Organisation spokesperson

He explains that, with limited scientific evidence, it is difficult to determine the drinking temperature which poses the highest risk.

Studies suggest that any drink between 65 and 70 degrees Celsius - including water, coffee, tea and other beverages - might cause cancer of the oesophagus.

Jasarevic stresses that despite the findings, tobacco and alcohol remain the major causes of oesophageal cancer.

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