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Many think coffee raises cancer risk

Almost one in 10 adults mistakenly think that coffee causes cancer, a leading charity has found.

A new poll reveals the extent of the British public's misconceptions about coffee, with 9% of those polled believing drinking it can lead to the disease. And one in 10 think caffeine is the key to weight loss, according to the survey of 2000 adults.

But the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) said there is no scientific evidence for either assumption.

In fact, the latest analysis of research has shown that it can have a preventative effect against womb cancer, the WCRF said.

Meanwhile, more than one in five believe caffeine is the "most dangerous" substance in coffee, when the highest health risk associated with the drink is sugar and full-fat milk or cream that is added to it, the charity said.

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