Tea May Protect Against Skin Cancer

by Teadog

The good news about the health benefits of tea continues.   New research suggests tea may help protect against skin cancer.

According to an article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, people who regularly drink tea lower the risk of two common forms of skin cancer.

Tea helped protect against the 2 most common forms of skin cancer: squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma.  Researchers did not look at the effect of tea on malignant melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer that is the least common.

Researchers studied over 2,200 adults and found tea drinkers consuming more than 1 cup a day had a 20 to 30 percent lower chance of getting skin cancer.   Tea drinkers consuming more than 2 ore more cups of tea a day and have been drinking tea for decades achieved even better results.

Even though tea helps lower your chance of skin cancer, researchers caution to still take precautions when in the sun.

The study was led by Dr Judy R Rees of the Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, New Hampshire.   

Remember, this research is preliminary so always make sure to consult your doctor for more information.