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Hot tea ups esophageal cancer risk in smokers, drinkers

Hot tea ups esophageal cancer risk in smokers, drinkers Hot tea ups esophageal cancer risk in smokers, drinkers
Melissa Porter | 06 February, 2018, 14:15

Dr. Lv said that the study found a link between hot tea and increased oesophagal cancer risk.

These heat-related changes to the oesophageal lining may also increase the likelihood of damage from other risk factors for oesophageal cancer, such as smoking and heavy drinking, which may damage the DNA in cells that line the oesophagus, Lv told Live Science.

According to the study authors, these findings suggest that abstaining from hot tea may be beneficial for persons who drink alcohol excessively or smoke.

Hot tea promotes esophageal cancer risk, especially in people who are heavy smokers or drinkers, according to the latest research.

Recently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer termed taking beverages above 65 degree as 'probably carcinogenic to humans'.

You can access the study here.

Oesophageal cancer has been linked to drinking alcohol and smoking in the past, but scientists have discovered that the risks are greatly heightened with the addition of daily cups of "burning hot" tea. Oesophageal cancer is one of the leading causes of death in China; almost 208 473 patients died of oesophageal cancer in 2010.

The ages of the participants ranged between 30 and 79 years old.

In comparison, boozers and smokers risk was just 2.5 times higher if they stuck to cooler drinks.

By the end of the study, 1,731 cases of oesophageal cancer were reported.

The study wasn't a controlled experiment created to prove whether or how the temperature of tea might impact the risk of esophageal tumors.

Tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption - both of which are known to cause esophageal cancer - as well as the chemical compounds and adverse thermal effect of hot tea, considerably complicate the association between tea drinking and cancer risk, the study suggests. The review looked at all types of hot beverages, including coffee and tea.

Experts said Brits are unlikely to drink their tea as hot as the Chinese, as we add milk.

The researchers collected information about tobacco and alcohol consumption at the beginning of the study. The risk of this cancer is more in men than women.

The study is published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

In an editorial Dr Farin Kamangar of the Morgan State University and Dr Neal Freedman of the National Cancer Institute, both in Maryland. said the idea that hot drinks may cause the cancer dates to the 1930s.

'However, the results of this study should not cause people to abandon their favourite beverage.