It’s already a fact that smoking will increase the chance of developing cancer. However, there is a new study that shows drinking hot tea regularly can increase your chance to develop cancer.
According to the new study available in the Annals of Internal Medicine, drinking hot tea might increase your chances of having esophageal cancer.
But this is only applicable for regular smokers or alcohol drinkers. That’s why we can still drink our favorite hot drink.
Obviously, the cause of it is the chronic irritation of the esophagus with smoke, excessive alcohol, acid reflux, and drinking hot beverages.
Drinking hot tea alone will not increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer.
But if you combine the tea with smoking and alcoholic drinks, that’s the time your chances of having cancer will increase.
According to Neal Freedman, a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland:
Hot beverages will make esophagus more defenseless to alcohol and smoke which are the main causes of cancer.
“Irritating the lining of the esophagus can lead to amplified irritation and more quick turnover of the cells,” he said.
“Otherwise, hot liquids may damage the barrier function of the cells lining the esophagus, making the tissue open to larger damage from other pollutants.”
Therefore, if you really love drinking hot tea and you’re not a smoker or drinker, you don’t have to be afraid. Otherwise, this may be the best time for you to change your habits.