Green Tea may help prevent pancreatic cancer

September 11, 2012

Your pancreas is an organ in your abdomen that lies behind the lower part of your stomach horizontally. The role of your pancreas is in secreting enzymes for good digestion during meals and it also secretes hormones that help regulate blood sugar levels.

Pancreatic cancer starts in the pancreas and often has a poor prognosis, even when diagnosed early. Pancreatic cancer typically spreads rapidly and is seldom detected in its early stages, which is a major reason why it's a leading cause of cancer death. Signs and symptoms may not appear until pancreatic cancer is quite advanced and surgical removal isn't possible.

Researchers in Shanghai compared the health habits of 908 patients with pancreatic cancer to those of 1067 cancer free adults. In women regularly drinking green tea cut the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by thirty-two percent compared to women who did not drink green tea regularly. Drinking greater daily amounts of green tea and drinking it for a longer time both decreased the risk of the cancer. Drinking green tea at a lower temperature further improved protection and was connected to a lower risk of pancreatic cancer in both men and women. The study is published on the website as of August 31st, 2012 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology.