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Is it safe to drink coffee regularly? Does drinking coffee increase or decrease the risk of cancer?
Despite some earlier concerns, drinking coffee does not seem to increase the risk of cancer. In fact, some studies link coffee intake with reduced risk of developing certain forms of cancer and reduced progression of colorectal cancer, although a cause-and-effect relationship has not been proven.
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