In order to achieve this discovery, the team of researchers followed 50,045 people, between the age of 40 and 75, for an average of 10 year. They detected 317 new cases of esophageal cancer between 2004 and 2017.
The study said that more research was still needed to find out exactly the cause between drinking very hot tea and the higher risk of esophageal cancer.
A professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, under the name of Stephen Evans, said that the issue was the heat rather than the type of beverage:
“In fact, it is probably anything hot: Microwaved jam has been known to cause esophageal injury. It is possible that the trauma leads to cell changes and hence to cancer”. Evans was not involved in this study.