TELEGRAPH (UK) – Hot drinks probably cause cancer and they should always be left for a few minutes to lower the temperature, or cooled down with milk to avoid disease, the World Health Organisation has warned.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the WHO, said very hot drinks of 65C and over are likely to cause cancer of the oesophagus.
However the panel found there was no evidence that coffee or tea causes cancer and said any link was because of the hot temperature of the drink.
Dr Christopher Wild, director of IARC, said: “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.”
Experts said that most Britons should not be overly alarmed by the findings. Recent research published in the journal Burns found that a cup of tea with 10ml of milk cooled to less than 65C in under five minutes.