US research has examined the potential preventive effects of black tea and a decreased risk in developing skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).
What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)?
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is a non-melanoma skin cancer that starts in the cells lining the top of the epidermis (the outermost layer of our skin). It accounts for about 20% of skin cancers. 2013 figures for the UK showed 14,509 new cases of skin cancer, with over half diagnosed in patients over 65 years old.
Symptoms of Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
The first sign of SCC is usually the appearance of a lump or patch of skin that remains unhealed after a few weeks. Lumps tend to be red and firm, whereas patches tend to be flat and scaly. Patients with these symptoms should book to see their GP - it is unlikely to be skin cancer but it is important to check.
Causes of Squamous Cell Carcinoma
SCC and other non-melanoma skin cancers are most often caused by over exposure to ultra-violet (UV) light from the sun, as well as artificial UV light and sun lamps.
Non-melanoma skin cancers like SCC are not always preventable. However, the most sensible precautions for reducing your chances of developing skin cancer are avoiding overexposure to UV light, covering up in sun and using sun screen.
Studies into the Preventive Effects of Black Tea ( known as Red Tea in China ) in Skin Cancer One study looking at 450 adults in the U.S. suggested a lower risk of developing skin cancer (SCC) in adults who reported regularly drinking black tea. A relationship between strength, temperature and brewing time was also identified with consumers of strong, hot black tea found to have a lower incidence of skin cancer.
Cancer Treatment and Chinese Medicine
Although Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture practitioners can make no claims to cure cancer, there is much that can be done to support those patients going through cancer treatment.
This applies to both those seeking alternatives to Western medicine and patients who want to integrate Western and other medical approaches.
Practitioners have much to offer to support the side effects of radio and chemotherapy, and in prevention of the recurrence of cancers. Giovanni Maciocia - a leading authority on Chinese Medicine writes comprehensively about this in ‘The Treatment of Cancer with Chinese Medicine’.