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  • Current science suggests that moderate coffee drinking is not associated with an increased risk of cancer.
  • In 2016 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified coffee in Group 3, for agents “not classifiable as to carcinogenicity to humans”.
  • There is inadequate evidence to suggest any link between coffee consumption and cancer of the bladder, oral cavity, pharynx, lung, larynx, ovary, stomach, oesophagus, kidney or colorectum; or with childhood leukaemia.
  • Data suggests that there is no association between coffee consumption and increased risk of pancreas, breast and prostate cancers.
  • Research results also suggest that coffee drinking may actually help reduce occurrence of cancers of the liver and uterine endometrium.

The content in this Topic Overview was last edited in July 2016. Papers in the Latest Research section and further resources are added regularly.

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