Study: White wine increases chance of deadly skin cancer

In the category that everything gives you cancer, talk in recent months of a study that shows drinking white wine could increase the chance of skin cancer.

The study is making the rounds. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, spoke about this white wine connection this week.

Alcohol, in general, is responsible for about 4 percent of cancer cases worldwide. Researchers believe that the ethanol metabolizes into acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents DNA repair.

A team of researchers from Harvard and Brown universities looked into alcohol consumption and cancer among 210,252 people. The study found that each drink of white wine was associated with a 13 percent increase in melanoma.

Again the culprit is acetaldehyde, which has a higher concentration in white wine and a lower concentration of antioxidants.

The study appeared in the December 2016 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer that is associated with exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or other sources. Melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.

If you drink white wine, you might want to consider reserving it for special occasions. And you may want to sample a few reds as well.

So since we are all getting cancer one way or another, here’s Joe Jackson singing his song “Cancer.”

 

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