Drinking green tea everyday may reduce the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, a new study finds.

Japanese men who drank five or more cups of tea daily halved their risk of prostate cancer compared to men who drank less than one cup a day, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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The study, conducted by the Epidemiology and Prevention Division of the Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening at the National Cancer Center in Tokyo, compiled data from 50,000 men aged 40-69 over a period of up to 14 years beginning in 1990.

During that period, 404 men were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, of whom 114 had advanced cases, 271 were localized, and 19 were of an undetermined stage. Based on the findings, researchers concluded that heavy consumers of green tea cut their risk of prostate cancer by 50 percent.