Drinking piping hot tea doubles cancer risk


It is less important in the United Kingdom, both because of lower rates of oesophageal cancer and because of the likely different approach to drinking hot beverages.

Georgina Hill, of Cancer Research UK, said: 'Most people in the UK don't drink their tea at such high temperatures.

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.

"As smoking is a recognised risk factor for oesophageal cancer both mechanisms could play a part, interacting to increase risk in the case of smokers who "like it hot".

Three or more cups a day, sipped at 140 degrees or higher, gives you a 90 percent higher risk of developing esophageal cancer, reported researchers with the Tehran University of Medical Sciences. "It is therefore advisable to wait until hot beverages cool down before drinking".

They said that the drink was not associated with the cancer at all rather the temperature is the real victim in doing so to all types of tea. However, the findings only applied to people also using tobacco and/or alcohol.

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Over a median of 10 years, the researchers studied more than 50,000 people between ages 40 and 75. The new research suggests that would virtually double for men who drink very hot beverages.

However, the study was carried out on people living in Iran, where tea and coffee is drunk far hotter than in Britain.

Previously, studies have revealed a link between drinking hot tea and an increased risk oesophageal cancer. The Royal Society of Chemistry also recommends drinking tea at 60-65 degrees, while Northumbria University found that the ideal drinking temperature of tea - 60 C - is achieved six minutes after preparation.

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.

Now, what is the exact correlation between hot drinks and this particular type of cancer?

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