Drinking Hot Tea Nearly Doubles Risk of Cancer

Drinking Hot Tea Nearly Doubles Risk of Cancer

The study said more research was needed on why exactly drinking very hot tea is associated with the higher risk of esophageal cancer.

A new International Journal of Cancer study achieved this by following 50,045 individuals aged 40 to 75 years for a median of 10 years.

BEFORE you sip that cuppa, consider this - piping hot drinks could increase the risk of oesophageal cancer by 90 per cent, according to a study.

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.

One of the researchers, Farhad Gomestapeh, told CTVNews.ca over email that adding cold milk - a common practice in Canada - might be helpful at bringing the risk down.

Anna Diaz Font, science programme manager at World Cancer Research Fund which part-funded the study, said: "These new findings don't mean that tea lovers can't enjoy a hot drink". But this study, say the authors, is the first to pinpoint a specific temperature of tea.

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They said it was the temperature rather than the type of drink that was associated with cancer. The good news, according to Georgina Hill of Cancer Research UK, is that 60 C is "a lot hotter than most cups of tea".

The results could also be extended to coffee, hot chocolate or other hot beverages.

It adds however that exact cause of oesophageal cancer is unknown.

Dr. James Doidge, senior research associate at University College London, said that hot drinks were an established risk factor for esophageal cancer.

Experts believe that hot drinks may damage the cells of the oesophagus, making it more vulnerable to other carcinogens, although this study did not...

"As long you're letting your tea cool down a bit before you drink it, or adding cold milk, you're unlikely to be raising your cancer risk - and not smoking, keeping a healthy weight and cutting down on alcohol will do much more to stack the odds in your favour".

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