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Drinking Hot Tea Increases The Risk Of Cancer, Says Research

Drinking Hot Tea Increases The Risk Of Cancer, Says Research

A recent study says that drinking hot tea that is warmer than 60 degree celsius can increase the risk of esophageal cancer

Waking up to a nice cup of piping hot tea is the best way to start a morning, many would agree. But how hot is too hot? While many are not as concerned about the temperature of the drink, a study suggests that hot may sometimes be too hot. A recent study has revealed that your refreshing cup of morning beverage does more harm than good. As it turns out, drinking hot tea may increase the risk of esophageal cancer.

According to the study, tea drinkers who enjoy their tea warmer than 60 degrees Celsius and have two large cups of tea that's more than 700ml per day are at 90 percent greater risk of esophageal cancer compared to people who drink cold or less tea. "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" said Dr. Farhad Islami, of the American Cancer Society and the study's lead author.

Esophageal cancer is cancer that affects the esophagus, a long tube that helps in swallowing food and liquids. Smoking, alcohol, obesity, acid reflux are identified causes for Esophageal cancer. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, esophageal cancer is the eighth most common cancer in the world that is estimated to kill more than 400,000 people every year. Who knew that harmless cup of hot tea you enjoy in the morning could possibly lead to something so dangerous!

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Based on the recent predictions by the American Cancer Society for 2019, 13,750 new cases of esophageal cancer will be identified in men in the United States compared 3,900 cases among women. 

Though research has been previously conducted to study the relation between hot tea and the risk of esophageal cancer, the recent study by the International Journal of Cancer was able to point out a specific temperature.  The new research data collected from 50,000 people in Golestan, a province in northeastern Iran, an area known for its tea drinking culture and also its relatively high level of esophageal cancer allowed the scientists to conclude the temperature. At the same time, researchers also insisted on the need for more study to understand why drinking hot tea is associated with esophageal cancer.

Stephen Evans, a professor of Pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine believes that heat is the contributing factor to esophageal cancer than the type of beverage. "In fact, it is probably anything hot: Microwaved jam has been known to cause esophageal injury. It is possible that the trauma leads to cell changes and hence to cancer," said Stephen Evans to the Science Media Centre.

Though tea is rarely consumed above 65 degrees Celsius in places like the United States and the United Kingdom, in countries like Russia, Turkey, and South America, tea is usually consumed hot or hotter.  A senior research associate at University College London, Dr. James Doidge also stated that hot drinks were an established cause for cancer.

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Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.