Fire up those tea kettles! A review study has shown that drinking more than 3 cups of green tea a day resulted in a 27 percent reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence.
The study, conducted by Adeyemi A. Ogunleye of the Harvard School of Public Health and his colleagues, reviewed two previous studies on breast cancer recurrence and seven studies on breast cancer incidence associated with drinking green tea. All nine of the studies reviewed were published between 1998 and 2009.
"Available epidemiologic evidence supports the hypothesis that increased green tea consumption may be inversely associated with risk of breast cancer recurrence," the authors wrote in the study report.
In an ABC news report in 2009, Dr. Cassileth confirmed these findings. "There have been many studies of green tea, and it does seem to be protective in many of those investigations...protective of getting cancer in the first place," she said."That is, green tea seems to reduce, in many studies, the risk of developing cancer - particularly breast cancer."
However, Dr. Cassileth goes on to say that green tea does not seem to effect cancer once it has developed.
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