Beacon Transcript – In a surprising discovery, a study found that white wine may be linked to an increased risk of skin cancer whilst the same study showed that red wine had none.
Wine, especially red wine, has long since been considered as one of the healthiest alcohol drinking alternatives.
However, a new study conducted by Brown University researchers went to show that not all wine may be good.
The lead researcher of the study is Eunyoung Cho, a Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology.
Further information in regards to the study was published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention journal.
Research was based on data gathered over an 18-year time frame from 210,252 participants. As their drinking habits were specifically analyzed, they were also compared to specific health risks.
The study compared these habits with the appearance risk rates of skin melanoma. As such, it found that whilst drinking red wine, beer or various spirits did not increase or affect such risks, drinking white wine did.
White wine was determined to lead to a 13 percent higher chance of developing a form of skin cancer.
The results were surprising, according to the aforementioned lead, Cho. She declared that the difference between the non-effects of red wine and the increase registered by white wine is the most surprising.
As the two types of wine register similar amounts of acetaldehyde, the researchers presumed that the red’s antioxidants may counteract the potential cell damage.
Acetaldehyde is one of the most commonly found air toxins as the chemical compound is widespread both in nature and in industry.
The compound can be found in a variety of foods and beverages and has been classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Whilst the study did determine that there may be a link between those that drank a daily dose of white wine and the risk of skin cancer, more research is needed.
A reason has yet to be found so as to explain the link between this specific wine type and the increased rates of appearance of skin cancer.
This is especially surprising as the other alcoholic drinks posed little or no effect on the melanoma risk rates.
According to the aforementioned Cho, the daily habit of drinking a glass or white wine will not necessarily determine the appearance of such a disease.
However, the lead did point out that people should be more careful as to how much they drink. The study did find that those in the habit of drinking a daily dose of alcohol have a 14 percent higher risk of developing such cancer.
Those with higher risks factors for melanoma should especially reconsider their drinking habits.
A reduction of such habits may lead to a decrease in the risk rates of both skin and other types of cancer.
Following the new study, the biological and clinical significance of these new findings has yet to be determined. New, more detailed research on the subject will have to be specifically carried out.
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