Rising melanoma rates in young women: can green tea really help?

La Jolla Light, August 30, 2012

This article from a San Diego area dermatologist highlights the latest incidence of melanoma in young women between the ages of 18 and 21. The increases are attributed to the increasing use of tanning beds, especially the newer high-pressure lamps may get as much as 12 times the annual UVA dose compared to what they get from natural sun. The author also introduces new research data about a green tea benefit for treating epidermoid carcinoma and melanoma.

The study results were:

“Originally published in the medical journal Nanomedicine, scientists created a cell with EGCg and transferrin (a naturally occurring protein that binds to the surface of cancer cells), and applied it directly to tumours. In both studies, 40% of tumours vanished; 30% of tumours in epidermoid carcinoma cases shrank considerably; and 20% of melanoma cases dwindled following the green tea treatment.

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