Hot drinks linked to 90% increased risk of oesophageal cancer

Hot drinks linked to 90% increased risk of oesophageal cancer

Hot drinks linked to 90% increased risk of oesophageal cancer

Georgina Hill, a health information officer at Cancer Research UK commented on the study, saying: "This study adds to the evidence that having drinks hotter than 60°C may increase the risk of oesophageal (food pipe) cancer, but most people in the UK don't drink their tea at such high temperatures".

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

A new study found that people who drink about two teas a day (about 700ml of liquid) warmer than 140 degrees Fahrenheit had about a 90% higher risk for esophageal cancer compared to people who drank less tea at cooler temps, CNN reports.

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. The study was published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer.

Adding milk to your tea or coffee could help to protect you from throat cancer.

Scientists pinpointed it by looking at 50,000 people in Iran, where tea is typically consumed at much higher temperatures than the U.S.

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It's believed to be the first large-scale study where volunteers measured the actual preferred temperature of tea drinkers at its outset, rather than just relying on self-reported perceptions of tea temperature.

The new study did not mention mate but examined tea.

The results could also be extended to coffee, hot chocolate or other hot beverages. However, with around 500,000 new cases of oesophageal cancer worldwide each year prevention is key.

'Not smoking, keeping a healthy weight and cutting down on alcohol will do much more to stack the odds in your favour'.

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

"Possibilities include direct damage to the oesophageal lining cells, another that hot liquid functions, in smokers, as a solvent for cigarette tar, washing chemical carcinogens down the oesophagus". But those who drink it piping hot could be increasing their risk of esophageal cancer, according to a new study.

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