Bedfordshire Hospitals Consultant, Professor Robert Thomas has co-led a national scientific study that proves eating broccoli and drinking tea can prevent cancer.
The two separate studies were virtually presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conference on 31 May 2020.
These studies analysed one of the largest data sets in the world with over 155,000 people followed for a period of 12 years.
The first study definitively confirmed regularly eating broccoli reduces cancer risk by approximately 5% with the second study showing regularly drinking tea reduced the risk of prostate cancer.
Commenting on the studies, Professor Thomas, Oncologist and Nutritional Scientist said, ‘“The robust nature of this data has put to rest any uncertainties about the cancer protective benefits of these two foods.
“It’s reassuring to see this research supports the anti-cancer attributes of tea and broccoli reported in our previous study involving men with prostate cancer and this has now given us encouragement and justification to consider a new preventative study involving these and another polyphenol rich foods for all cancers”
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford changes are being made to support services and we would now ask that, from Saturday 6 June 2020, you contact the wards using the direct lines found here.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.