Ingesting scorching tea 'will increase threat of esophageal most cancers'

Ingesting scorching tea 'will increase threat of esophageal most cancers'

Ingesting scorching tea 'will increase threat of esophageal most cancers'

For the study, the researchers followed for about 10 years 456,155 participants aged 30 to 79 in China.

Drinkers of hot tea do not face an increased risk of esophageal cancer, but those who also consume excessive alcohol and smoke have five times higher risk than people who have none of the three habits.

Heavy alcohol drinkers are considered to be those who consume more than 15grams of alcohol per day, while smokers are defined as smoking more than one cigarette per day.

"We found that the association between high-temperature tea consumption and esophageal cancer risk was dependent on alcohol and tobacco consumption", said lead author Jun Lv, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Peking University School of Public Health in China, in an email to TIME.

The conclusion of the study was for people who drink alcohol or smoke to abstain from drinking hot tea.

In accordance with the World Cancer Research Foundation Fund International, esophageal cancer is the eight most prevalent types of cancer around the globe.

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But even those who don't touch or cigarettes appear to have a higher risk, researchers warned, but they stressed more tests are needed to assess how damaging it could be.

The hypothesis that drinking very hot beverages may cause esophageal cancer has been around since the 1930s, they note.

The cancer affects the gullet, the food pipe from the throat to the stomach, mainly in people in their 60s and 70s with men more at risk than women.

The researchers noted the temperature at which the tea was typically consumed and had the participants record their daily lifestyle habits at the beginning of the study. Exclusion criteria included previous cancer diagnosis and reduction in consumption of tea, use of alcohol, or smoking. China is among the countries with the highest rates of esophageal cancer. It is also by far, the biggest consumer of tea in the world. The different disease development may be the result of different exposures and risk factors. Researchers say you might want to be careful about what else you do.

Based on the findings, the researchers offered some advice for people who smoke or drink large amounts of alcohol.

For example, for those who drank more than 15g of alcohol a week, there were around 1.2 cancers per 1,000 people per year, rising to 1.7 per 1,000 for those who drank burning hot tea.

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