Drinking tea could reduce risk of breast cancer
Three cups of tea a day cuts the risk of breast cancer by a third, according to new research.
In a recent American study, the risk of breast cancer was slashed by 37% for women under 50 if they drank three cups of tea a day, but didn’t appear to provide any protection for older women.
The health benefits of a tasty cuppa were discovered by a team of US researchers, from the Moffitt Cancer Centre in Florida, when they studied 5,000 women aged between 20 and 74 who had been treated for breast cancer.
They compared their lifestyle and medical histories to the same number of women who were free from the disease.
They found that tea was particularly effective in preventing lobular breast cancer, with the risk cut by 66%.
The researchers said, ‘Regular tea consumption, particularly at moderately high levels, might reduce breast cancer risk in younger women.
‘Given that tea is the most common beverage consumed in the world, it makes an attractive candidate for breast cancer prevention.’
Over 40,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.