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Tea May Hinder Cancer Development

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NEW YORK, Sep 08, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Tea drinkers have a new reason to appreciate their favorite beverage: Substances found in green and black tea might hinder development of cancers.

Researchers at the Rutgers University and the University of Minnesota's Hormel Institute found the substances worked against cancer development in the skin of live mice and in cultured epidermal cells from humans and mice.

Hormel Institute Director Zigang Dong presented the study's results Monday during a meeting of the American Chemical Society in New York City.

The study showed two members of the chemical family known as polyphenols. Those chemicals interfere with a cascade of events, set off by UV light and other carcinogens, that lead to the uncontrolled cell division typical of cancer.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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