Drinking hot tea doubles risk of cancer

British staple Experts suggest leaving drinks to cool

What's more, those who drink their hot drinks at 75°C are as much as 2.4 times more likely to develop the cancer, the research found.

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. But those who drink it piping hot could be increasing their risk of esophageal cancer, according to a new study.

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".

50,045 individuals aged 40 to 75 years were followed by scientists for a median of 10 years, and during follow-up, 317 new cases of esophageal cancer were identified.

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".

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The study of over 500,000 people found those who drink tea at 60°C or more were nearly twice as likely to develop the condition. They found that drinking 700ml of tea at 60C or above was associated with a 90 per cent increase in the risk of developing a form of the disease known as oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has already classified drinking very hot beverages (65 C or higher) as a "probably carcinogenic" and the researchers say this only adds more proof.

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

It is thought the heat may damage the esophagus, creating repeated injuries that lead to cancer in the same way smoke, alcohol, and acid reflux do. Evans was not involved in the study.

They said it was the temperature rather than the type of drink that was associated with cancer. "It's very, very hot".

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