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The National Coffee Association in the US has hailed a finding by the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm that coffee cannot be classified as carcinogen.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has published detailed findings of a full evaluation of coffee. The comprehensive 500-page study released by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that coffee protects against some cancers and cannot be classified as a carcinogen.

“This is the largest ever evaluation of coffee ever carried out by scientists with more than 1,000 studies evaluated and considered,” said National Coffee Association (NCA) President Bill Murray.

“The World Health Organization’s cancer research arm has been preparing for this release for more than three years. We can say that coffee drinkers in the US and around the world can celebrate the comprehensive finding that their favourite drink is a true super food that has been shown to protect against some cancers. The scientists specifically concluded that regular coffee consumption could reduce the risk of liver and uterine cancer.

“Other analysis of up to one million people shows that coffee drinkers may live longer. In fact, research shows that coffee may actually help lower the risk of several different types of cancers and drinking between one and five cups a day is associated with lower rates of heart disease, neurological disease and suicide.”

Mr Murray pointed out that the 2.2 billion people worldwide who consume coffee every day can now do so with renewed confidence.

“The science confirms what we’ve always known, that drinking coffee makes life longer, healthier and more enjoyable,” said Mr Murray.

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