Li Liming’s team publishes latest findings on tea consumption and cancer prevention

JUN . 19 2019
Peking University, Jun 16, 2019: On May 31, Professor Li Liming’s team published a paper titled “Association between tea consumption and risk of cancer: a prospective cohort study of 0.5 million Chinese adults” in European Journal of Epidemiology.

Professor Lv Jun, one of the corresponding authors, illustrated that their current research, based on a long-term follow-up of more than 450 thousand people, examined whether tea consumption is associated with the incidence of all cancers and six leading types of cancer—lung cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, liver cancer, and female breast cancer and cervical cancer.

In China, drinking tea is a common custom among a large population, as people assume that tea consumption can avoid the risk of having cancer. However, Professor Lv revealed that tea consumption cannot prevent or weaken the risk of getting cancer caused by excessive smoking and alcohol consumption. Instead, all cancer risks increase with the amount of tobacco smoked or alcohol consumed. The research findings also suggest that tea consumption may not provide preventive effect against cancer incidence.

Written by: Qiu Tianjie
Edited by: Huang Weijian
Source: PKU News (Chinese)