Steaming hot tea linked to cancer.
Apparently causes esophageal cancer due to physical damage.
Milk cools lea, avoiding this risk. Duh.
"Golestan Province in northern Iran has one of the highest rates of OSCC in the world, but rates of smoking and alcohol consumption are low and women are as likely to have a diagnosis as men."
Newsflash! Tea is the irritant, but it ain't the sole reason for abnormal cell division.
Look where it's at:
The whole freaking Caspian Sea coastline is heavily polluted, air and water! Heck they got areas where there is very poor quality potable water from open sewer septage running from towns into the sea, as well as oil and mining pollution in the area.
Note the ethnic population of Golestan, therein lies a clue or two.
If the epidemiologists would pop their heads out of their kesters, many noteworthy disease trends would suddenly make a lot more sense!