GREEN TEA REDUCES RISK OF COLORECTAL AND PANCREATIC CANCERS

In this study 931 patients, aged 30 to 74, from Shanghai with recently diagnosed cancers of the colon, rectum or pancreas were interviewed about their dietary practices, including green tea consumption. The patients were matched to a group of healthy Shanghai residents. Researchers found that among men, those who were regular green tea drinkers (defined as one cup per week for six months or longer) had an overall lower risk of cancers of the rectum and pancreas, compared to non-tea drinkers. There was no difference in risk between regular tea drinkers and non-drinkers in relation to colon cancer in men. Among women, however, green tea drinking was associated with an overall reduction in risk; for both genders the higher the consumption of green tea correlated with a lower cancer risk. Ji, B., et al, Int. J. Cancer (1997) Vol. 70 pp. 255-8.

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