Hot tea can increases your risk of esophageal cancer

Hot tea can increases your risk of esophageal cancer

In the new study, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers have found an association between drinking hot tea with up to fivefold increased odds in esophageal cancer but the link is only found in those who smoke or drink alcohol.

Very hot drinks could make the esophagus more vulnerable to known cancer-causing agents such as alcohol and smoke, Freedman said.

The findings was based 456,155 Chinese men and women aged 30 to 79 who were followed for a median of 9.2 years.

Participants who smoked tobacco and drank very hot tea every day were nearly twice as likely to develop esophageal cancer than smokers who drank tea (at any temperature) less than weekly. The authors concluded that abstaining from hot tea may well be beneficial for people who drink alcohol excessively or smoke.

Esophageal cancer kills about 400,000 people per year and is now the eighth most common cancer worldwide. "Green tea has been shown to be a little more effective in cancer inhibition versus black tea, but black tea has been more effective in cardiovascular health".




This is, however, not a breaking news because previous trials have already shown that the main causes of esophageal cancer are smoking and alcohol abuse.

Cases were identified from cancer and death registries and self-report during follow-up.

Smoking cigarettes and drinking too much alcohol both raise your risk for developing esophageal cancer, which affects the tube connecting the throat to the stomach.

The participants were also asked whether the usual temperature of their tea was room temperature or warm, hot or burning hot. There was no connection between non-smokers and hot tea in terms of cancer.

The researchers monitored the health of participants in the study, whose aim is to collect data on the development of chronic diseases - including heart diseases, cancer, and - in China. "Despite this study's rigorous design and careful analysis, its results are observational and may still reflect confounding by other factors and chance", the authors write. "Most people drink their tea and coffee at a temperature that seems unlikely to cause cancer". Only some of the studies in the review took alcohol and tobacco use into account. Researchers say you might want to be careful about what else you do. For the people who find it hard to do so, avoiding burning-tea is the alternative solution.

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