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Red wine may be a cancer protector

October 10, 2008

Moderate consumption of red wine could decrease the risk of lung cancer in men, a study shows.

The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, found an antioxidant component in red wine may be protect against lung cancer, particularly among smokers.

US researchers analysed data collected through the California Men's Health Study, which linked clinical data from California's health system with self-reported data from 84,170 men aged 45 to 69 years.

From that data, 210 cases of lung cancer were identified.

Researchers measured the effect of liquor consumption on the risk of lung cancer.

They found there was on average a two per cent lower lung cancer risk associated with each glass of red wine consumed per month.

The most substantial reduction was among male smokers who drank one to two glasses of red each day, with a 60 per cent reduced lung cancer risk reported.

But it was still noted that quitting smoking was the best way to reduce lung cancer risk.

Men who drank one to two glasses of red wine per day still faced higher lung cancer risk than non-smokers.


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