Cancer warning: The hot beverage may carry a 90% increased risk of developing cancer.


Cancer is a terrifying thought for everyone, but there are many reasons to be upbeat. Over the years, research has shown how you might lower your risk of the potentially fatal illness. The International Journal of Cancer released one of the most startling discoveries back in 2019.

According to a study from Iran, drinking really hot beverages may make you 90 percent more likely to develop oesophageal cancer.

When aberrant cells in the food pipe (oesophagus) grow out of control, it is called oesophageal cancer. The gullet is another name for the oesophagus. It is the tube that links your mouth to your stomach to transport food.

It is generally known that consuming hot beverages increases the chance of developing oesophageal cancer.

For instance, according to Cancer Research UK, drinking hot tea, coffee, or other beverages increases your risk of developing oesophageal cancer.

However, this study’s findings about how much hot drinks can increase your risk of cancer are startling.
When compared to persons who had drinks at a lower temperature, drinking 700ml of tea at 60C (140F) or higher was “consistently related” with the elevated risk.

Scientists observed the drinking patterns of 50,045 residents of north-eastern Iran, ranging in age from 40 to 75.

During a follow-up period from 2004 to 2017, 317 additional cases of the malignancy were discovered.

It is “advisable to wait until hot beverages cool down before drinking,” according to lead author Doctor Farhad Islam of the American Cancer Society. “As long as you’re letting your tea cool down a bit before you drink it, or adding cold milk, you’re unlikely to be raising your cancer risk,” he added.

The study supports earlier research by the World Health Organization, which said in 2016 that beverages heated over 65°C (149°F) were likely carcinogens.

The WHO study focused on mate, a historically very hot tea consumed primarily in South America, Asia, and Africa.

It said it was the temperature that was important rather than the type of drink.

Important disclaimers
The majority of people in the UK don’t drink their tea at such high temperatures, according to Georgina Hill of Cancer Research UK, who commented on the study at the time of publication.

As long as you add cold milk to your tea or let it cool down a bit before drinking it, you’re unlikely to increase your risk of developing cancer, according to the expert. Quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and consuming less alcohol will all significantly improve your chances.

Risk must, in fact, be understood in its wider context. And that entails taking into account how prevalent the illness is generally.

Oesophageal cancer rates are high in the region of Iran where this study was conducted, thus anything that slightly increases this risk will have a greater effect.

However, just three out of every 100 new occurrences of cancer in the UK are oesophageal cancer, according to Cancer Research UK.

The organization continues, “So even while very hot drinks may raise someone’s risk of oesophageal cancer, the likelihood that they will develop the illness is still low, as it isn’t particularly common in the UK.”

The following are additional oesophageal cancer risk factors:

being obese or overweight
Using tobacco or smoking Alcohol.