Green Tea and Ovarian Cancer

A study about green tea and ovarian cancer found that one cup a day reduces a woman's risk by 24%.

Susanna Larsson and Alicja Wolk from the National Institute of Environmental Medicine, Stockholm, examined the relationship between tea consumption and ovarian cancer.

61,057 Swedish women aged 40 to 76 years participated. They were questioned from 1987 and 1990 for an average of 15.1 years.

Researchers found that even women who averaged less than one cup of tea per day had an 18% lower risk of ovarian cancer compared to non tea drinkers.

Those who drink one cup per day have a 24% lower risk, and those who drink 2 or more cups of tea per day have a 46% lower risk.

Each additional cup of tea per day is associated with an 18% lower risk of ovarian cancer.

Tea drinkers are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables.

However, their cancer risks are still significantly lower than non tea drinkers who consumed a lot of fruits and vegetables. Therefore researchers concluded that tea is likely to offer significant protection.

This study was published in the December 2005 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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