• Hot tea may raise esophageal cancer risk

    Asked by LiveWithCancer on Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Hot tea may raise esophageal cancer risk


    I was researching something completely different when I saw this article. I don't like tea, but I know some of our members enjoy it a lot. The article is in a valid publication (I think) ... if you like hot tea, it might be worth a read.

    (And, if you scroll down from the article, you'll find all sorts of links to teas, including hot teas, that are said to be good for you. So, there you have it!)

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I saw that article and immediately started thinking that if it's true for hot tea, why wouldn't it be true for hot coffee? The same coffee that I drink about 3/4 of a pot of every morning?

      4 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Yes, I was very surprised to hear this discussed on Good Morning America two days ago. I do drink tea, everyday. I do like my tea, and coffee,too , very hot. 140 degrees or less , I heard twas the recommended temperature when consuming hot liquids . I imagine my hot drinks exceed this. Guess I could buy a thermometer and test my tea before drinking but my plan in place this morning was blowing on my tea a little longer before consuming.

      4 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I don't like tea at all, but I do love coffee. Greg, I am right there with you as far as drinking a lot of (or more) a pot of coffee... I actually drink it all day long, from the time I wake up until I go to bed ... and have a cup sitting beside the bed in case I wake up thirsty during the night... :( I need to drink more water and less coffee :) And, I only want it hot. Real hot.

      My mom wants her coffee so hot that a coffee maker doesn't make it hot enough. She always heats it even more in the microwave. She turns 89 in April. At least for her, drinking very hot coffee has not been harmful.

      Around here, though, if we drink it at all, we drink iced tea so there's no problem with hot tea...

      4 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I ususally don't "drink" my tea instead I sip it slowly and like it at a comfortable temperature. I like everything at room temperature. I did burn my mouth on soup last night.

      4 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Now when people ask me about "my drinking problem" I will say I no longer drink my tea so hot. Most people seem to think esophaeal cancer is caused by alcoholism. I have never liked alcoholic drinks but tea on the other hand I love but I always let it brew at least 3 minutes more often 5 minutes.

      4 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      There's a Dana-Farber study that shows that drinking the equivalent of 4 cups (counted as 6 oz. each) helps reduce the risk of colorectal cancer recurrence by 42%. That's pretty dramatic. I drink that amount of coffee daily with the blessings of my oncologist.


      4 months ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar

      I love my tea VERY hot. Luckily I have a GI doctor who scopes me every two years to check for ulcers so that should pick up anything in my throat early.

      4 months ago

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