Drinking green tea may help protect against cancer of the digestive system, study says

A study analyzed data on 69,310 women, middle-aged and older, who were cancer-free at the start of the study and rarely if ever smoked or drank alcohol. About 28 percent of them drank tea, mostly green tea, three or more times a week. In an 11-year span, 1,255 women developed stomach, esophageal, colorectal, liver, pancreatic or gallbladder/bile duct cancer. Regular tea drinkers were 14 percent less likely to have developed a digestive cancer than were those who never drank tea. Risk fell as tea consumption increased. Those who drank two to three cups of tea daily were 21 percent less likely to have a digestive cancer than non-tea-drinkers. Also, the longer tea-drinking had been a regular habit, the lower the women’s risk, especially for colorectal, stomach and esophageal cancers. Women who had been regular tea-drinkers for 20 years or more were 27 percent less likely to have developed a digestive cancer.

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