Fast Five Quiz: Tea and Health

Elwyn C. Cabebe, MD; Helmi L. Lutsep, MD; Yasmine S. Ali, MD, MSCI


August 03, 2022

The ability of tea to prevent cancer is a frequently touted claim. However, evidence regarding the association between tea consumption and cancer development is not well established. Several studies, including a recent meta-analysis, have found a link between drinking hot tea and an increased risk for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. The International Agency for Research on Cancer's view is that consuming hot beverages of any type is "probably carcinogenic." Investigations into the link between tea consumption and colorectal, liver, and prostate cancer have not shown strong protective abilities nor a strong suggestion of increased incidence.

Learn more about esophageal cancer risks.

This Fast Five Quiz was excerpted and adapted from the Medscape articles Drinking Tea: Are the Health Benefits Real? and Neurologic Effects of Caffeine .

Follow Medscape on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and YouTube


Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.