The study links drinking hot tea with an elevated risk of esophageal cancer. Image: eugenekeebler/IStock.com via AFP Relaxnews
Drinking hot tea linked to elevated esophageal cancer risk — study
AFP Relaxnews / 07:05 PM March 21, 2019
According to a new study, regularly drinking very hot tea could increase the risk of esophageal cancer.
The research hails from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran and is published in The International Journal of Cancer. Scientists followed 50,045 individuals between the ages of 40 and 75 from 2004 to 2017. During this period, 317 new cases of esophageal cancer were identified.
Drinking 700 milliliters of tea per day at a temperature greater than or equal to 60 degrees Celsius was associated with a 90 percent higher risk of esophageal cancer. This is lower than estimations from the World Health Organization, which considers drinking hot drinks, coffee, tea or others, at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius to be a risk factor.
“Many people enjoy drinking tea, coffee, or other hot beverages. However, according to our report, drinking very hot tea can increase the risk of esophageal cancer, and it is, therefore, advisable to wait until hot beverages cool down before drinking,” said lead author, Dr. Farhad Islami of the American Cancer Society.
In February 2018, a Chinese study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that regularly drinking hot tea could multiply by five the risks of developing esophageal cancer. However, the findings only applied to people also using tobacco and/or alcohol. CE/JB