Take the recent headlines about hot tea causing esophageal cancer. The news concerned a prospective study done in Iran and published in the International Journal of Cancer Research. During follow-up, 317 new cases of esophageal cancer were identified. People who reported a preference for very hot tea and those who drank tea more quickly after pouring it were more likely to develop this cancer. Commenting on the latest study, Islami remarked: “Many people enjoy drinking tea, coffee or other hot beverages.