Sunday, October 21, 2012

Green Tea May Cut Smokers' Lung Cancer Risk

Don't expect to hear this from your doctor:

While Lin says the best way to avoid lung cancer is to stop smoking, green tea appears to reduce risk. "Green tea can protect them from lung cancer risk, a cup or more a day," she says.

You'll most likely hear about the first option as being the only option. I wonder what would happen if we smokers were exposed to information like this on a regular basis, coupled with the option of choosing between several reduced risk cigarettes on the free market... 

Green Tea May Cut Smokers' Lung Cancer Risk

..and here's a snippet from an article that is a bit more recent:

Active components in green tea, called polyphenols, are credited with stopping cancer in its tracks. Though some conflicting studies have arisen over the years, the majority point to green tea as an amazing health elixir.

Scientists began researching the effects of the tea when noticing the dramatically lower cancer rates in Asia, where consumption of green tea is highest.

It's obvious that diet plays a role in the development of lung cancer. Smoking is a factor, but not the only factor .

Then there's the role of genes:

Also related to green tea consumption, scientists found that a gene may play a role in the prevention of lung cancer. The greatest lung cancer prevention was seen in those people who not only drank green tea, but had a gene called IGF1.

Maybe this is one of the reasons why some smokers contract lung cancer whilst other do not?

In order to win the war against lung cancer (and cancer in general) it is critical for both the health establishment and the public at large to understand that we don't all wear the same shoe. There are many factors to consider when dealing with lung cancer and clearly, we are not all made up of the same physiological materials.

If those folks amongst us who are graced with the fortune of housing the IGF1 gene choose to smoke, why would we (err, the establishment) apply the quit or die approach to this faction of the population, when we could simply offer up the option/suggestion of daily green tea consumption?

..And what of the search for a safer cigarette for those of us who are not lucky enough to have been born with the IGF1 gene? Governments everywhere, especially here in the United States where 2/3 of tobacco monies are collected by and for the man himself, have a moral responsibility to encourage, develop, and promote the race to a safer cigarette.

I know...the only way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking....Whilst there is some truth to that statement, it is not the only truth, it is merely a brick from a house that has yet to be built.

Can Green Tea Aid in the Prevention of Lung Cancer?