Study: Red and white wine increase cancer risk

A bottle of red, a bottle of white, it apparently doesn't matter which one you pick tonight.

New research has found both types of wine are equal offenders when it comes to increasing breast-cancer risk.

The finding, published in the March issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, suggest there is no reason to think either drink has any beneficial effects on one's health.


Study: Red and white wine increase cancer risk Polly Newcomb, lead author of the study, said she was specifically interested in red wine's effects on cancer risk, since previous studies had shown some benefit toward heart disease and prostate cancer.

"We found no difference between red or white wine in relation to breast-cancer risk. Neither appears to have any benefits," Newcomb said. "If a woman drinks, she should do so in moderation - no more than one drink a day."

The study was reportedly the largest of its kind to test the effect of wine and breast-cancer risk and consisted of 6,327 women matching their frequency of alcohol consumption with 7,558 control subjects.

Researchers found women who consumed 14 or more drinks per week, regardless of type, had a 24 percent increase in breast cancer when compared to women who didn't drink at all.

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