But an accompanying editorial says these findings are not cause for alarm and the general advice is to allow foods and beverages to cool a little before swallowing. Cancers of the oesophagus kill more than , people worldwide each year and oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma OSCC is the commonest type. In Europe and America, it is mainly caused by tobacco and alcohol use and is more common in men than in women, but drinking hot beverages is also thought to be a risk factor. Golestan Province in northern Iran has one of the highest rates of OSCC in the world, but rates of smoking and alcohol consumption are low and women are as likely to have a diagnosis as men.
Here's How Drinking Hot Tea Could Increase Your Risk of Cancer
Green tea and prevention of esophageal and lung cancers
Tea is one of the most ancient and popular beverages consumed around the world. Oolong and white tea are consumed in much lesser amounts around the world 2. Tea is made from the leaf of the plant Camellia sinensis. Shortly after harvesting, tea leaves begin to wilt and oxidize. During oxidation, chemicals in the leaves are broken down by enzymes , resulting in darkening of the leaves and the well-recognized aroma of tea. This oxidation process can be stopped by heating, which inactivates the enzymes. Black tea is produced when tea leaves are wilted, bruised, rolled, and fully oxidized.
The Benefits of Black Tea
Esophageal cancer EC is the eighth-most-common cancer worldwide, with two common sub-types — squamous cell carcinoma SCC and adenocarcinoma AC. Many studies have implicated diet and nutrition in risk of these cancers. However, dietary behaviors are complex and certain dietary habits can be correlated with other health behaviors as well as demographic factors, hence definitive conclusions are challenging.
Smoking cigarettes and drinking too much alcohol both raise your risk for developing esophageal cancer, which affects the tube connecting the throat to the stomach. Now, a new study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds another lifestyle linked to the cancer, this one more surprising: drinking hot tea, if people also smoke and drink alcohol. People were asked to answer questions about their tea, alcohol and cigarette consumption. Then researchers followed the people in the study for about nine years to see how many developed esophageal cancer. About 1, total people did.