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A Glass of Red Wine Daily May Cut Breast Cancer Risk: Study

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Not all wines are created equal when you consider what red wine can do for you that white wine cannot. Research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at Los Angeles shows that drinking as much as eight ounces (approximately 237 ml) of red wine every day could reduce your risk of getting breast cancer. (1)

Breast cancer is a form of cancer that develops in and affects the tissues of the breast, usually the ducts that carry milk to the nipple and glands that make milk.

It is estimated that in America, some 226, 870 new cases of female breast cancer will be reported in 2012. An estimation of 39,510 deaths has also been made for women for the year. (2)

Though it has been a widely-held belief among the medical fraternity that consumption of any type of alcohol raises the level of female hormone estrogen and this eventually pegs the risk of them developing breast cancer cells, the new study dispels the fear for red wine.

The study, which will be published in the April 2012 issue of Journal of Women's Health, clearly points out that there were chemicals which were found just beneath the skin of red grapes as well in its seeds that lowered the levels of estrogen in women, albeit only mildly.

Simultaneously, the chemical also mildly elevated the levels of another hormone, testosterone, in women. Study on consumption of the same quantity of white wine for the same period failed to show the estrogen-reduction benefits that can be had from drinking red wine.

This is especially important because those women who consume alcohol every day may want to revisit their choice of drink and make adjustments to include moderate amounts of red wine daily.

As per Chrisandra Shufelt, MD, assistant director of the Women's Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and one of the study's co-authors, “If you were to have a glass of wine with dinner, you may want to consider a glass of red. Switching may shift your risk.”

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