Hot Drinks Can Give You Cancer??

Well, here’s a new one for you – drinking very hot drinks increases your risk of cancer; specifically, esophageal cancer!

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that the temperature of your drinks is likely much more important than what you’re drinking.  “Very hot,” defined as 70o Celsius or 160o Fahrenheit, (temperatures commonly enjoyed in places like China, Turkey, Iran and South America) is now considered carcinogenic to humans.

The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK is bracing for a surge in cancer rates they believe will be fueled by an epidemic of obesity.

Going hand-in-hand with this will be increases in type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease – all costing the system an additional £2.5 billion annually by the year 2035.  The NHS is recommending drastic changes to stem the problem, including marketing restrictions, a sugar tax, and steps to increase physical activity.

You may have already heard that marriage benefits your health, but a California study has quantified the benefit – at least in terms of cancer.

Married men enjoy a 29% lower risk of death from cancer than their unmarried counterparts and married women have a 17% lower risk.  However, they aren’t sure why; there are 2 schools of thought:  economic benefits of marriage or social benefits.  The same study found minimal economic impact, pointing to social advantages.

When it comes to cancer, many patients experience significant guilt – believing something in their lifestyle is responsible for their illness.  Researchers at the National Cancer Institute are trying to sort out how much cancer risk is attributable to environmental factors (i.e. lifestyle) or just “bad luck,” such as random gene mutations.  The bottom line is that both contribute to cancer risk, but environmental factors are probably responsible for up to 90% of cancers.

Knowing that YOU can influence your health and it isn’t all beyond your control is very empowering.  Our pharmacists are ready to help you make positive changes in your lifestyle – whether it’s smoking, sleep, diet or activity.