Most people correctly associate tobacco and alcohol use with an increased risk of throat cancer. But a new study published in the International Journal of Cancer shows drinking extremely hot beverages can also increase the risk when it is regularly consumed at a temperature over 140 degrees.
If you're in the camp that likes to sip on tea the minute it's poured, here's what you need to know. Researchers looked at more than 50,000 individuals over a period of 10+ years. Participants were asked about their tea preferences and habits; those who drank 700 mL of tea a day (about three cups) and liked it very hot-140° F or more-had about a 90 percent increase in esophageal cancer risk.
"Our results substantially strengthen the existing evidence supporting an association between hot beverage drinking and ESCC," the study's authors wrote in an abstract.
Dr. Farhad Islami, the study's lead author, told Fox News it is advised that tea drinkers wait until their tea cools down before drinking it.
The finding is slightly different from the recommendations currently listed on the American Cancer Society's website. There, it is advised to avoid very hot liquids with temperatures above 149° F. The organization lists age, gender, obesity, and diet as potential risk factors, too. The risk for this kind of cancer increases with age; men and people who are overweight or obese have a higher chance of developing it too.
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