Tea can cut breast cancer risk in women under 50
Tea has been associated with combating cancer, losing weight and many other health claims but this research seems to show a real link between drinking three or more cups of tea a day and the risk of getting breast cancer.
It specifically seems to have an effect on women under 50 with three cups reducing the chance of developing a tumour by a third.
The chances of developing a tumour dropped by around 37 per cent in women under 50 who drank tea at least three times daily.
But older women who drank a similar amount did not see any benefits, according to the study.
Researchers believe the anti-cancer properties of tea may have a more potent effect on the types of tumours that tend to grow in younger women.
A team of US researchers led by Dr Nagi Kumar at the Moffitt Cancer Centre in Tampa, Florida, studied 5,000 women aged between 20 and 74 who had been treated for breast cancer.
They compared medical histories and lifestyles with a similar group of women free of breast cancer.
The researchers also found even greater benefits when it came to "lobular" breast cancer, with tea reducing the risk by 66 per cent.
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