Red wine may lower breast cancer risk

David Goodhue – AHN News Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN) – Moderate red wine drinking may reduce women’s risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study.

Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, said the skins and seeds of red grapes slightly lower estrogen levels and at the same time elevate testosterone among premenopausal women who drink eight ounces of red wine a night.

The researchers said the same was not true with white wine.

Previous research implicated any alcoholic beverage in raising breast cancer risk because alcohol increases the body’s estrogen levels, which fosters the growth of cancer cells.

A full report on the study is published in the Journal of Women’s Health.

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