Drinking Hot Tea Associated With 5-Fold Increased Risk for Esophageal Cancer

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For people who drank less than 15g of alcohol a week, the additional risk of cancer from hot tea consumption (compared with tea less than weekly) was only on the borderline of statistical significance (HR 1.26, 95% CI 1.00 to 1.86).

The scientists say this "synergistic effects" of hot tea drinking, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking on the risk of the cancer is "biologically plausible", because earlier research has shown that thermal injury may damage the membrane called epithelium and augment the risk of damage from alcohol and smoke.

Jun Lv - the lead study author who is a doctoral student at the Peking University's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics discovered that hot tea may be linked to an elevated risk of esophageal cancer.

During a median follow-up of 9.2 years, 1731 incident esophageal cancer cases were documented.

Esophageal cancer is the eighth most common cancer in the world and is often fatal, killing approximately 400,000 people every year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer said.

Read the findings of the study here.

"[Our findings] suggest that abstaining from hot tea might be beneficial for preventing esophageal cancer in persons who drink alcohol excessively or smoke."

Study Rundown: Esophageal cancer is a concern worldwide due to its rising prevalence and poor rates of survival. It is also by far, the biggest consumer of tea in the world.




But it doesn't apply to everyone, just people who smoke or drink alcohol.

The study found a synergistic association between hot tea drinking with excessive alcohol consumption or smoking and the risk for oesophageal cancer.

The participants who had been diagnosed with cancer were excluded along with the ones who had decreased their consumption of alcohol and tea as well as left smoking.

In the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 456,000 Chinese adults between ages 30 and 79 who didn't have cancer at the study's start.

Consumption of hot tea, especially for smokers and heavy drinkers can be unsafe as it increases the risk of esophageal cancer, the Daily Mail reported.

Drinking hot tea increases esophageal cancer risk for smokers and drinkers a new study has found. Smokers and drinkers should avoid hot tea in order to decrease their risk of developing esophageal cancer as drinking hot tea increases esophageal cancer risk, suggests a new study. These three factors could "complicate" the risks for developing this disease.

"If you go to the Middle East or to Russian Federation, they drink it out of a samovar that's constantly under heat", said Peter Goggi, president of the Tea Association of the USA. It is better to give up on smoking/drinking.

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