Study: Adults Mistakenly Believe Coffee Causes Cancer

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File photo of people stirring cups of coffee.  (credit: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – According to a recent study by a leading charity, 9 percent of adults mistakenly believe coffee causes cancer.

Researchers asked 2,000 adults if they thought drinking coffee could lead to cancer.

Ten percent of the participants also mistakenly think caffeine is the key to weight loss.

The World Cancer Research Fund told the Guardian that there is no scientific evidence for either of those two assumptions.

The WCRF actually went on to say that coffee can be used as a preventative against cancer of the uterus and that research shows that coffee reduces the risk of liver cancer.

“The highest risk associated with the drink is sugar and full-fat milk or cream added to it,” the charity that conducted the survey told the paper.

“New evidence form our Continuous Update Project suggest drinking coffee may decrease the risk of womb cancer, but there are still too many unanswered questions – such as how many cups we should drink, or how regularly – for us to provide any advice on coffee drinking,” Dr. Rachel Thompson, head of research analysis at the WCRF said. “The CUP has found no consistent evidence that suggests coffee increases or decreases the risk of any other cancers but we are continually reviewing evidence to see if this changes.”

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