Difficult to draw firm conclusions as to whether black tea reduces advanced prostate cancer risk

A study printed in the American Journal of Epidemiology explores whether drinking black tea which contains high levels of antioxidant 'flavonoids' can help reduce a man's risk of developing advanced prostate cancer.

Commenting on the study, Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research at Prostate Cancer UK said: "A number of studies have explored whether the amount of tea a man drinks affects his chances of developing prostate cancer, with conflicting results. Although these researchers suggest that drinking black tea can help stave off advanced disease because it contains high levels of antioxidant flavonoids, their study does not take into account the amount of flavonoids consumed elsewhere in the diet, nor other key factors such as family history and lifestyle. Therefore it is difficult to draw firm conclusions from the data about whether increasing the amount of flavonoids or black tea in the diet has any effect on a man's risk of developing prostate cancer - positive or otherwise.

"We would not recommend that any man increase his intake of black tea as a result of this study, and suggest that anyone with concerns about their risk of developing prostate cancer should discuss them with their doctor."