The researchers compared drinking less than 700ml of tea per day at less than 60°C with drinking 700ml per day or more at 60°C or higher.
Should you wait until your tea has cooled down?In the study that ran from 2004 to 2017 and surveyed 50,045 individuals between 40 and 75 years old, 317 of them wound up being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.
In parts of South America, Asia, and Africa, people tend to drink their tea much hotter.
Rory McIlroy holds off Jim Furyk to win Players Championship
Rory McIlroy joined elite company on Sunday by winning the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla . That was the first of four unsuccessful attempts to round out the elusive final leg of the career Grand Slam.
Doctors have an easy tip on what to do before diving into a steaming cup of tea - let it cool.
There are around 9,000 new oesophageal cancer cases in the United Kingdom every year, that's 25 every day (2013-2015, Cancer Research).
They drank almost 24 ounces of tea a day - about three tea cups - and preferred it to be 140 degrees Fahrenheit, said the study.
Stephen Evans, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said that it was the heat that was the issue rather than the type of beverage.
"It is probably anything hot: microwaved jam has been known to cause oesophageal injury", he said.
Now, what is the exact correlation between hot drinks and this particular type of cancer?
In 1991 The International Agency for Research on Cancer linked the consumption of coffee to bladder cancer, but following a lengthy review, found there was little to suggest a danger.