Think that steaming-hot cup of tea will help soothe your throat? Maybe. But it may also lead to throat cancer.
In research published in the British Medical Journal, it was found that scalding beverages like tea somehow pave the way for throat tumors.
Cancers of the esophagus kill more than 500,000 people worldwide each year, with the bulk of the disease occurring in discrete populations in Asia, Africa and South America. The tumors are especially deadly, with five-year survival rates of 12 to 31 percent.
Drinking very hot tea was associated with an eight-fold increased risk of throat cancer, compared to sipping warm or lukewarm tea, according to researchers at Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
Letting steaming drinks cool before consuming them decreases your risk.