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DRINKING just two cups of tea a day could reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, research suggested today. A study in Sweden involving more than 60,000 women found that women who drank two or more cups of tea a day had an almost 50 per cent lower risk of ovarian cancer compared with non-tea drinkers.

The research follows various studies which have indicated that green and black tea may provide protection from several types of cancer. But the team from the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, said that few epidemiological studies had examined the relationship specifically between tea consumption and the risk of ovarian cancer.

Each year around 6,900 women in the UK are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with more than 4,600 deaths annually.

According to Cancer Research UK, the majority of cases are diagnosed at a late stage and survival rates beyond five years are low. Ovarian cancer is also the fourth most common cause of cancer death in women in the UK

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