June 2016

WHO Says Coffee Not Linked to Cancer

A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) now says that drinking coffee does NOT cause cancer, and might actually reduce liver and endometrial cancer risk. This is contrary to a report from 1991 that listed coffee as a possible carcinogen. The new report shows no significant link between coffee consumption and over 20 other types of cancer based on decades of research.  There is still a concern about drinking very hot beverages. These might cause cancer of the esophagus, which is more common in parts of Asia, South America, and Africa where beverages are often consumed very hot, around 158 degrees Fahrenheit.

For more information about the safety and effectiveness of coffee, please review our scientific monograph.


  1. Loomis D, Guyton KZ, Grosse Y, et al. Carcinogenicity of drinking coffee, mate, and very hot beverages. Lancet Oncol. 2016. pii: S1470-2045(16)30239-X.

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