Bioscience

Cervical cancer study to examine green tea

March 3, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Stephanie Innes, Arizona Daily Star] – Arizona Cancer Center researchers will study women with cervical infections to look for evidence that green tea plays a role in cancer prevention.

The clinical study, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Prevention, will examine the effects of green tea extract on women with various persistent cervical infections, including human papillomavirus — HPV, which can cause cervical cancer.

Researchers are in the midst of recruiting 160 women in Arizona, California and North Carolina and expect to have some results in about a year.

Ideally, the study would help in the development of a drug for such women to clear the disease and prevent them from developing cervical cancer, said Dr. Francisco Garcia, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine and one of the study’s principal investigators.

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