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Daily glass of booze can increase cancer risk

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 10:55 am in Corkheads.

Now I’ve heard it all. Alcohol, including red wine, increases your chance of cancer if you’re a middle-aged women? I read the story about this huge British study confirming alcohol’s carcinogenic properties in today’s SF Chronicle and also saw Dr. Nancy Snyderman discussing it on the Today Show this morning.

Everything about the study, which will be published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on March 4, is contradictory. So the polyphenols and reversatrol are good for your heart and brain but some other part of fermented fill-in-the-blank is bad? So the U.S. didn’t know this when establishing its Dietary Guidelines? Are they going to make an addendum?

According to a researcher who led the study of 1.3 million women at Oxford University, even one glass of alcohol a day – doesn’t matter if it’s Pinot Grigio or gin, is harmful when it comes to contracting cancers from your mouth down to your stomach.

It’s the largest study ever to examine if alcohol increases a woman’s risk of cancer.  Based on the findings, the researchers estimated that about 5 percent of all cancers diagnosed in women each year in the United States is due to low to moderate alcohol consumption. They’re able to make this correlation because American women have similar drinking patterns to British women.

Men are not harmed, as they metaboloize alcohol differently than women.

I’m going to go crawl under a rock now.

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