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Green Tea Has Obstructive Effect On Smoking-Related Lung Cancer – Taiwanese Study

January 12, 2010: 09:48 AM EST

A clinical trial involving 170 Taiwanese lung cancer patients found that green tea can obstruct smoking’s effect on the disease. Lung cancer is the main cancer killer in Taiwan, scientists noted, and polyphenols are strong antioxidants that inhibit tumors. Does green tea help? Smokers and non-smokers who did not drink green tea were 5.16 times more likely to contract lung cancer than those who drank at least one daily cup. Smokers who did not drink green tea were 12.71 times more likely to contract lung cancer than those who drank a daily cup.

I-Hsin Lin, M.S., "Green Tea Could Modify the Effect of Cigarette Smoking on Lung Cancer Risk", Presentation, AACR-IASLC Joint Conference on Molecular Origins of Lung Cancer, January 12, 2010, © American Association for Cancer Research
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