Many people enjoy starting their daily routine with a cup of tea. However, it has been discovered that drinking it steaming hot increases the risk of esophageal cancer.
Researchers found that people who enjoy drinking their tea warmer than 60° Celsius (or 140° Fahrenheit) and drank more than 700ml of tea daily are at a 90% higher risk of esophageal cancer, compared to others who drank less tea at cooler temperatures.
Previous analysis has found a link between drinking hot tea and esophageal cancer. However, this study was the very first to determine a specific temperature.
This cancer is the eighth most common cancer, and is often fatal, killing about 400,000 people each year, as declared by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The esophageal cancer is usually caused by repeated exposure to smoke, alcohol, acid reflux and hot liquids.