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Bigelow Tea Thinks Pink During October

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October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Bigelow Tea is proud to “think pink” and commemorate the countless women, men and families who have been impacted by the disease. While we honor survivors, patients, and those who are no longer with us, we also pay tribute to advances made in medical research and patient care over the past three decades.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, with the exception of skin cancers. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and according to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a way for medical professionals, service organizations and government agencies to collaborate to promote breast cancer awareness, share information about the disease and provide greater access to services.

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to put a plan in place to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. This October—and every month—make the commitment to take the steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. A few of the steps that are key for early detection include mammograms, clinical breast exams and monthly breast self-exams. Habits that can help reduce your risk are maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption.

bigelow-tea-breast-cancer-awareness-pinkIn Bigelow Tea’s home state of Connecticut, the rate of incidence of breast cancer is among the highest in the nation. That’s just one of the many reasons why we’re so passionate to promote breast cancer awareness and early detection. This year, we are a proud sponsor of the Pink Pledge, a month-long, community-wide effort to raise funds for the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, which provides medical excellence, compassionate care and lifesaving programs to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. On October 1, we were at the Pink Pledge kickoff event, which included a Stroll for Strength — a walk by survivors, family members and supporters — and ceremony that culminated in the activation of pink street lights in downtown Fairfield, Conn.

Join us in recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise a cup to those working so hard to put an end to this prolific disease.

Top and bottom images provided by Pink Pledge.

Green Tea Combating Against Prostate Cancer

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Image Courtesy of the Prostate Cancer Foundation

Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is Sept. 10-16, and for Bigelow Tea it is an excellent opportunity to take another look at this serious disease, and what Green Tea can do to help. Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant cancer cells form in the prostate, and is responsible for more deaths than any other cancer, except lung cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates about 218,890 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in the United States during 2007. And one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

Those are some serious statistics, but it’s encouraging to know that Green Tea’s powerful antioxidants, also called catechins, can have an impact on prostate cancer. The catechins found in green tea scavenge for the free radicals that contribute to cancer growth.

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In a new study released this summer, U.S. researchers conducted a clinical trial to determine the short term effects of green tea’s active compounds on “serum biomarkers” in patients with prostate cancer. This trial, from Louisiana State University’s Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, showed that men who consumed the compounds in green tea showed a reduction in these markers, which is predictive of prostate cancer progression.

Further, the University of Maryland reports that green tea extracts prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells in test tubes. In this large clinical study, researchers found the risk of prostate cancer declined with increasing frequency and quantity of green tea consumption. Tea contains polyphenols; clinical studies continue to suggest that polyphenols in green tea kill cancerous cells and stop their progression.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation also tells us that a healthy diet and regular exercise may also slow prostate cancer growth. That is good news for all of us. Live well, and enjoy your tea!