2009-05-08 Steaming-hot tea linked to throat cancer risk


(Reuters Health) - Green tea may not offer any protection against throat cancer, a new study suggests, and drinking the beverage piping-hot may actually raise a person's risk of the disease.

A number of studies have linked green tea -- with its high content of antioxidant compounds called cathechins -- to lower risks of certain cancers, including prostate, colon and breast cancers. Some studies have suggested this may hold true when it comes to cancer of the esophagus, but others have found no such benefit.

The new study, of 5,400 Chinese adults with and without esophageal cancer, found no evidence that those who regularly drank green tea had a lower risk of the disease.(Read entire article)

2009-03-27 Drinking hot tea 'raises the risk of throat cancer'


Relish your tea, for researchers have claimed that sipping scalding tea could raise the risk of developing throat cancer.

A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, has revealed that drinking steaming hot tea is actually linked with an eightfold increased risk of cancer of the food tube or the oesophagus.

According to lead researcher Reza Malekzadeh of the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran, "Informing the population about the hazards of drinking hot tea may be helpful in reducing the incidence of oesophageal cancer..." (Read entire article)