Georgina Hill, health information officer at Cancer Research UK, said this study adds to existing evidence that having drinks hotter than 60 degrees may increase the risk of oesophageal cancer - but she said most people in the UK don't drink their tea at such high temperatures.
50,045 individuals aged 40 to 75 years were followed by scientists for a median of 10 years, and during follow-up, 317 new cases of esophageal cancer were identified.
A new study uncovers a correlation between hot tea and cancer, but you don't have to worry if you drink your tea at a reasonable temperature.
The researchers said that it would be "reasonable" to extrapolate their results to other types of hot drink. Lead author Dr Farhad Islami, from the American Cancer Society, said: 'It is advisable to wait until hot beverages cool down before drinking'.
The research was conducted between 2004 and 2017 in the northeastern Iran province of Golestan, where drinking very hot black and green tea is common, and where high levels of ESCC have been noted in the past.
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The new study did not mention mate but examined tea.
Previous research has found a link between hot tea drinking and esophageal cancer. However, with around 500,000 new cases of oesophageal cancer worldwide each year prevention is key.
Dr. James Doidge, senior research associate at University College London, said that hot drinks were an established risk factor for esophageal cancer.
'Not smoking, keeping a healthy weight and cutting down on alcohol will do much more to stack the odds in your favour'.
Experts believe that hot drinks may damage the cells of the oesophagus, making it more vulnerable to other carcinogens, although this study did not...