that Sally Ride's pancreatic cancer WAS definitely caused by coffee consumption. I only WONDERED if it COULD have been. That expert on pancreatic cancer at the Harvard School of Medicine only said it was his opinion that about 50% of the world's pancreatic cancers were due to coffee consumption. That means that IF Sally was a regular coffee drinker (and I don't know if she was), then, IF the expert was right (I tend to think he is!), then there is a 50% chance that coffee COULD have been responsible.
Not everyone exposed to a carcinogen will get cancer from it. There are a lot of factors involved in getting cancer such as one's genetic susceptibility to it, the type of carcinogen, and the level of exposure. However, I generally prefer to "err on the side of caution" when it comes to anything that could affect my health. Because of the high incidence of cancer in my own family, I assume that I am genetically susceptible. Next, because it is a known FACT that high temperatures can convert organic compounds into carcinogens, I CHOOSE to avoid / minimize intake of certain types of foods such as coffee and, generally, anything that is fried or barbequed.
That is my choice and if someone else chooses not to emulate my behavior, then that is his choice and there is nothing I can do about it except to provide him with the information I have and wish him well. However, I would bet dollars to sugar laced donuts that there are A LOT of people out there right now who have just been diagnosed with the "Big C" and various other health problems who wish they had been a bit more careful during their lives. You can bet that many of them are now surfing the web looking for information on any and all means that can be taken to get the carcinogens out of their bodies and improve their other health problems. I think that most of them will be reaching the same conclusions I have and which I have expressed in the unusually long and meandering thread.