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    Published On : Tue, Feb 6th, 2018

    Beware, drinking very hot tea may increase risk of Oesophageal Cancer

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    New Delhi: Drinking extremely hot tea may increase the risk of oesophageal cancer by up to five times, especially if a person also consumes alcohol and is a smoker, a study has warned.

    The research, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found that drinking very hot tea, along with smoking and drinking alcohol, was linked to an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the oesophagus.

    Although the exact mechanism is not known, research has suggested that frequently consuming scalding liquids may result in long-term injury to the cells lining the oesophagus, said Jun Lv, an epidemiologist at Peking University in China.

    Frequently drinking very hot liquids, prepared at temperatures of 65 degrees Celsius – which is much hotter than a typical cup of coffee or tea – can increase the risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the oesophagus, researchers said.

    These heat-related changes to the oesophageal lining may also increase the likelihood of damage from other risk factors for oesophageal cancer, such as smoking and heavy drinking, which may damage the DNA in cells that line the oesophagus, Lv told Live Science. In the study, researchers looked at data from about 456,000 people in China ages 30 to 79.

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