Drinking tea ‘raises cancer risk’
Researchers say link could be coincidence
DRINKING large amounts of tea could increase the risk of prostate cancer, research has shown.
Scientists found that more than seven cups a day raised the chances of men developing the disease by 50%.
But whether the link is causal or due to coincidence is still unknown.
Study leader Dr Kashif Shafique, from the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow said: “Most previous research has shown either no relationship with prostate cancer for black tea or some preventive effect of green tea.
“We don’t know whether tea itself is a risk factor or if tea drinkers are generally healthier and live to an older age when prostate cancer is more common anyway.”
The Scottish researchers tracked the health of more than 6,000 men aged between 21 and 75, over a period of 37 years.
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