That does not mean that the hot coffee in your hand right now is going to kill you.
There s even some good news with this announcement: coffee and another hot caffeinated drink, maté, are no longer considered carcinogens by the WHO.
Here s how they describe the findings:
This was based on limited evidence from epidemiological studies that showed positive associations between cancer of the oesophagus and drinking very hot beverages.
In experiments involving animals, there was also limited evidence for the carcinogenicity of very hot water.
Smoking and alcohol drinking are major causes of oesophageal cancer, particularly in many high-income countries, stresses IARC director Christopher Wild.
CNN reports that Americans and Europeans don t usually drink beverages hot enough to be considered higher risk.