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‘One of the most widely consumed beverages around the world’ linked to oesophageal cancer


Speaking about the research, lead author the study Dr Paul Carter said: “Being one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world, research into the possible health benefits and risks of coffee is essential.

“Our study, although reassuring for most cancer types, provides insight for coffee promoting oesophageal cancer and suggests this may be related to thermal injury. Going forwards, the risk of ingesting hot foods and its effect on the oesophagus needs further attention.”

Meanwhile, Dr Susanna Larsson, a statistician based at the University of Cambridge added: “Our findings strengthen the evidence that coffee consumption has a neutral effect on risk of common cancers.”

Another statistician Dr Stephen Burgess compared that there was some reassurance for coffee drinkers: “While a link with any cancer type is unwelcome, our investigation generally provides good news for coffee drinkers, as there was no evidence supporting a causal effect of coffee consumption on any major cancer type.”



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