Green Tea May Help Prevent Lung Cancer

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Over the years, a lot of research has looked at the health benefits of green tea — with varying findings. The latest green tea study came out today, and it involves lung cancer. A study of over 500 Taiwanese people suggests that at least one cup of green tea per day may lower the risk of lung cancer, particularly for smokers.Tee Brennessel - tea nettle 02

The study was presented at a major conference on lung cancer; you can read a report on it here.

Among smokers and people who never smoked, the more green tea people drank, the more protection was seen. And the protection was greatest among people carrying specific genes.

Of course, the best way to prevent lung cancer  — and many other health issues — is to stop smoking. With New Year Resolutions, there’s no time like now. And this is only one study; scientists say more research is needed. But green tea is delicious on a cold winter’s day, and if you want more reasons to enjoy tea — of any color — this month’s AICR eNews looks at other possible health benefits of tea.

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    Go Stir(-Fry) Crazy

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    New American Plate One-Pot MealsYou’ll find proof that a stir-fry keeps vegetables tasty and crisp in this week’s AICR Health-e-Recipe.

    Brown Rice Pilaf with Squash and Chicken is low in calories, cooks in minutes and fills you up with hearty brown rice, cancer-fighting vegetables and healthy protein. Wondering about the egg? A traditional ingredient in high-fat fried rice, it binds this dish into a savory treat that’s lower in fat than restaurant versions. You can find more easy, one-pot recipes in our free brochure.

    Click here to receive free weekly Health-e-Recipes emailed to you from AICR’s Test Kitchen.

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      What’s the Color of Action?

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      Recently, many women have started adding their bra color to their Facebook status updates to help raise awareness about breast cancer.

      Pink ribbon sweater small copy But we at AICR are wondering something, and we want to hear what you think.  Is raising awareness enough?

      One NPR blogger, Shereen Meraji, asks this very question. “I changed my status, but I don’t know anything more about breast cancer or how to protect myself against it.”

      She’s not alone.  In fact, according to a recent AICR survey, almost half of Americans are not aware of some basic steps we can take to lower our risk for several cancers.

      Certainly, AICR applauds efforts to raise awareness about cancer.  But let’s also raise awareness about cancer prevention, while we’re at it.

      Reminding your Facebook friends that breast cancer is a disease faced by millions of women is a good first step; but why not provide them with evidenced-based recommendations on how to protect themselves?

      AICR recently updated the breast cancer chapter of our expert report on cancer prevention, and we estimate that about 40 percent of breast cancer cases in the U.S. (about 70,000 cases every year) are preventable.  Women can reduce their risk by limiting the amount of alcohol they drink, maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active.

      The Breast Cancer Update Reinforces AICR Recommendations:

      1. Because of the link between body fat and cancer, AICR recommends people aim to be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
      2. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
      3. If they drink at all, people should limit consumption to one drink a day for a woman, two for a man.
      4. Also, mothers should aim to breastfeed exclusively for up to six months and thn add other liquids and foods. Mothers who breastfeed reduce their risk and breastfeeding probably also reduces babies’ chances of gaining excess weight as they grow.

      What do you think – does raising awareness need action too?

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