Hot tea, combined with heavy smoking and alcohol use, increases cancer risk

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Additionally, drinking tea can also help in relaxing after a day full of work as well as give an energy boost during lunch break or in the morning nearly instant.

Esophageal cancer is among the most widely diagnosed types of cancer in the United States.

While the connection between hot drinks and cancer has been investigated in the past, results were never entirely conclusive.

Dr Lv said: 'The present study found evidence of increased oesophageal cancer risk with higher tea temperatures.

Esophageal cancer kills approximately 400,000 people every year, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, cancer research arm of the World Health Organization.

That's why researchers chose to evaluate this correlation with additional factors in mind, namely whether people who drink hot tea and develop oesophageal cancer also smoke cigarettes and drink an excessive amount of alcohol.

The study was funded by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the National Key Research and Development Program of China.

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

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Drinking extremely hot tea may increase the risk of oesophageal cancer by up to five times, especially if a person also consumes alcohol and is a smoker, a study has warned.

Researchers collected information regarding people's tea-drinking habits, tobacco and alcohol consumption, and other health-related matters.

But drinking tea isn't linked to higher cancer risk on its own.

To ensure the consistency of their results, the scientists excluded participants who had an existing diagnosis of cancer, as well as those who had cut down on tea, alcohol, and cigarettes.

In the study, researchers looked at data from about 456,000 people in China ages 30 to 79. The participants were then followed for more than nine years to see whether any of them developed oesophageal cancer. During the study, 1,731 people developed esophageal tumors.

Findings suggest that those who reported drinking "hot" or "burning-hot" tea regularly, in addition to "excessively" drinking alcohol or smoking (two already known causes of cancer) increase their chances of developing esophageal cancer.

"In the "high risk" group - those who drink moderate to high amounts of alcohol and also smoke - drinking hot tea daily about doubled their risk". Tea drinkers were asked to self-report whether the tea they consumed was room temperature, warm, hot or burning hot.