New study shows red wine may prevent breast cancer
Jan 10, 2012
A new study published in Women's Health discovered that women who drink a little under two servings of red wine each day may prevent breast cancer in the long run, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The findings showed that those who drank wine saw hormonal changes that have similar results to a drug used to prevent malignant breast tumors from returning. However, this is only the case with red wine, and other types of wine and alcohol can actually increase the risk, according to the news source.
Red wine acts differently as it acts more like a class of drug named aromatase inhibitors, and that it isn't the alcohol itself but rather the phytochemicals from the grapes that produces such effects.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women, behind skin cancer, but it is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.