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Can coffee and tea protect against cancer?

Woman holding a tea cup

Wouldn't it be great if a daily pleasure helped reduce your cancer risk? In some cases, that might be true!


Research suggests that drinking coffee may help protect against uterine and liver cancer. This is true for both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.


Black and green teas are rich in antioxidants. Some research suggests that tea may help protect against cancer because of these antioxidants, but the research comes mainly from animal studies. We won’t know for sure until more research is done in humans.

Herbal tea

Herbal teas are made up of a combination of different flowers, herbs and spices. Herbal teas do not have the same antioxidant benefits as green or black tea, but drinking them can help you stay hydrated.

Hot beverage tip

Drinking very hot beverages might increase your cancer risk. Make sure that your hot drinks are at a temperature below 65°C. Let your coffee or tea cool down for a few minutes before taking a sip.