Oesophageal cancer is the eighth most common cause of cancer worldwide and one of the main causes of cancer death, with approximately 400,000 deaths recorded in 2012 (5% of all cancer deaths).
The proportion of oesophageal cancer cases that may be linked to Drinking Coffee and Hot Beverages Lead to Cancer has increased over the years.
Hot Water Vs Hot Beverage
According to The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) director Dr Christopher Wild, In experiments involving animals, showed was a limited evidence for the carcinogenicity of very hot water.
But “Smoking and alcohol drinking are major causes of oesophageal cancer, particularly in many high-income countries,”
The result of the Working Group found that drinking very hot beverages was classified as probably carcinogenic to humans.
This was based on limited evidence from epidemiological studies that showed positive associations between cancer of the esophagus and drinking very hot beverages.
These results suggest that drinking very hot beverages is one probable cause of esophageal cancer and that it is the temperature, rather than the drinks themselves, that appears to be responsible says Dr Christopher Wild, IARC Director.
Although the Working Group found no conclusive evidence for a carcinogenic effect of drinking coffee. However, the experts did find that drinking very hot beverages probably causes cancer of the esophagus in humans.
No conclusive evidence was found for drinking mate at temperatures that are not very hot.
Studies in places such as China, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey, and South America, where tea or mate is traditionally drunk very hot (at about 70°C), found that the risk of esophageal cancer increased with the temperature at which the beverage was drunk.
However, majority of oesophageal cancers occur in parts of Asia, South America, and East Africa, where regularly drinking very hot beverages is common and where the reasons for the high incidence of this cancer are not as well understood.”
Cold mate (caffeine-rich infused drink) did not have carcinogenic effects in experiments on animals or in epidemiological studies. Therefore, drinking mate at temperatures that are not very hot was not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans.
This was based on inadequate evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of drinking cold or warm mate and inadequate evidence in experimental animals for the carcinogenicity of cold mate as a drinking liquid.
Maté is an infusion made from dried leaves of Ilex paraguariensis. It is consumed mainly in South America and to a lesser extent in the Middle East, Europe, and North America.
Maté is traditionally drunk very hot (at about 70°C), but it may also be consumed warm or cold. “Very hot” refers to any beverages consumed at a temperature above 65°C.
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