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Here's How Drinking Hot Tea Could Increase Your Risk of Cancer

Here's How Drinking Hot Tea Could Increase Your Risk of Cancer
From TIME - February 5, 2018

Smoking cigarettes and drinking too much alcohol both raise your risk for developing esophageal cancer, which affects the tube connecting the throat to the stomach. Now, a new study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds another lifestyle linked to the cancer, this one more surprising: drinking hot tea, if people also smoke and drink alcohol.

Among people who regularly smoked cigarettes and drank at least one drink per day, drinking hot tea was linked to a five-times higher risk of developing esophageal cancer, compared to those who didnt do any of those three habits. In people who didnt have those two vices, however, drinking tea did not seem to have a significant effect on cancer development.

We found that the association between high-temperature tea consumption and esophageal cancer risk was dependent on alcohol and tobacco consumption, said lead author Jun Lv, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Peking University School of Public Health in China, in an email to TIME.

In the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 456,000 Chinese adults between ages 30 and 79 who didnt have cancer at the studys start. People were asked to answer questions about their tea, alcohol and cigarette consumption. Then researchers followed the people in the study for about nine years to see how many developed esophageal cancer. (About 1,700 total people did.)

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