Drinking hot beverages 'could cause cancer' - WHO
Drinking hot beverages probably causes cancer, the World Health Organisation has said.
Experts have found that drinking very hot beverages probably causes cancer of the oesophagus.
This conclusion is based on limited evidence from studies that showed links between oesophageal cancer and drinking very hot beverages.
‘Very hot’ refers to any beverages consumed at a temperature above 65 degrees Celsius, the research reports.
The studies found that the risk of oesophageal cancer increased with the temperature at which the beverage was drunk.
“These results suggest that drinking very hot beverages is one probable cause of oesophageal cancer and that it is the temperature, rather than the drinks themselves, that appears to be responsible,” says Dr Christopher Wild, International Agency for Research on Cancer director.
Cancer of the oesophagus is the eighth most common cause of cancer worldwide, with 5pc of all deaths caused by cancer in 2012 being oesophageal.
The study also found that there was “inadequate evidence” to say drinking coffee is carcinogenic to humans, which it was previously declared as in 1991.