Piping hot tea raises esophageal cancer risk

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The team of researchers followed 50,045 people, aged between 40 and 75, for an average of 10 years.

The American Cancer Society report found drinking two cups of tea at more than 140 degrees nearly doubles your chance of esophageal cancer.

Previous studies have revealed a link between hot tea drinking and risk of esophageal cancer, but until now, no study has examined this association using prospectively and objectively measured tea drinking temperature.

"As smoking is a recognised risk factor for oesophageal cancer both mechanisms could play a part, interacting to increase risk in the case of smokers who "like it hot".

The research was conducted between 2004 and 2017 in the northeastern Iran province of Golestan, where drinking very hot black and green tea is common, and where high levels of ESCC have been noted in the past.

A new study uncovers a correlation between hot tea and cancer, but you don't have to worry if you drink your tea at a reasonable temperature.

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Love to drink your tea piping hot?

People who reported drinking their tea less than two minutes after it had been poured relative to those who said they let it sit for six minutes or more. In 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had warned of the cancer risk associated with drinks above 65 degrees Celsius.

The American Cancer Society believe that more than 17,000 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S.in 2019.

Stephen Evans, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said that it was the heat that was the issue rather than the type of beverage. "It is possible that the trauma leads to cell changes and hence to cancer". But this study, say the authors, is the first to pinpoint a specific temperature of tea. "It's very, very hot".

"It doesn't take a scientist to appreciate that repeated irritation of any body surface increases your risk of cancer".

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