How that scalding hot cup of tea could lead to deadly cancer - according to scientists
Hot tea and heavy alcohol consumption can increase the risk of a deadly cancer fivefold, research has shown.
Oesophageal cancer was already known to be linked to drinking alcohol and smoking, but risks are heightened by the addition of daily cups of "burning hot" tea, say scientists.
Oesophageal cancer, which affects the food-pipe or gullet, is notorious for poor survival rates. Each year, it is diagnosed in around 9,211 people in the UK and causes almost 7,800 deaths.
An estimated 15pc of patients who develop the cancer are still alive after five years. The disease ended the life of 'Inspector Morse' actor John Thaw.
The new tea warning emerged from China, where researchers followed the progress of 456,155 participants aged 30 to 79 for around nine years.
High-temperature tea drinking combined with either alcohol consumption or smoking was associated with a greater risk of oesophageal cancer than hot tea alone.