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Diet & Health : Cancer Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM


Drinking green tea may help prevent breast cancer
By Ben Wasserman
Jan 27, 2009 - 2:01:55 PM

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Jan 27, 2009 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition suggests that drinking green tea may help reduce risk of breast cancer in women.

 

The study led by Martha Shrubsole from Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville showed women who drank green tea regularly were 12 percent less like to have breast cancer than non-drinkers.

 

For the study of 3454 women with breast cancer and 3474 healthy controls aged between 20 and 74, Shrubsole and colleagues from the Shanghai Cancer Institute and the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention interviewed each participant for their green tea drinking habits.

 

This is a case-control study and the results do not suggest a causal relationship between green tea drinking and reduced risk of breast cancer.   However, early studies have shown that green tea compounds promote death of cancer cells.





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