COBB COUNTY, Ga. – A Georgia boy won top honors for his cancer-related research. He said he was inspired to study cancer after several of his friends’ mothers were diagnosed with breast cancer.

Stephen Litt, 12, is a 7th grader at Lovinggood Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia. For his science fair project, Litt decided to study how an antioxidant found in green tea could prevent cancerous tumors in a breed of flatworms, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

In his experiment, Stephen exposed the flatworms to carcinogens, then coated some of the worms with the antioxidant to see if it prevented the growth of cancer tumors. And according to his research, it did.

“I like finding new things and confirming old things,” Stephen told the Marietta Daily Journal.

His work is well beyond his years, according to a professor who worked with him on the project.

“The work is very interesting and has the potential to advance not only cancer research but regenerative medicine as well,” Michael Levin, director of Tuft’s University’s Allen Discovery Center, told ABC News. Levin worked with Stephen on his research.

Stephen’s project earned him six awards so far, including the most outstanding project from a 7th grader. He will go on to compete in a national competition for science and engineering.

7th grader’s science project on link between green tea and preventing cancer stuns scientists

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