White wine and melanoma: What you need to know

image of wine corksPicture it: The lights are off, candles are lit, and bubbles are filling up the bathtub while you are relaxing and having a glass of chardonnay. You pick up a magazine to take the relaxation a step further only to read an article that says that there could be a danger found in your glass of white wine. Yep, you read that right: there could be a danger lurking in your wine glass.

Say what??

If you didn’t guess by now, this is exactly how my relaxing bathing experience went last night. Talk about a buzzkill for sure because this girl puffy-heart loves her chardonnay.

So what did the article about white wine and melanoma say?

A recent study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggested that white wine could raise your chances of developing skin cancer, more specifically the deadliest of the skin cancers, which is melanoma. You know I sat there in shock reading and re-reading what information just entered into my head.

Melanoma could develop from me drinking my beloved chardonnay? What a cruel joke that has to be… right? Sadly, it’s no joke, but the truth of what could happen. I know, I know, don’t shoot the messenger 😉

When I got out of the bath, I googled to find out more (you know I was hoping that someone played a prank on me), but everything just further proved what this article said. Thanks cancer, thanks a lot. Researched showed that co-author Eunyoung Cho, ScD, an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, found that white wine had a bigger impact on the risks of melanoma than any other kind of alcohol (beer, red wine, and liquor).

Further research has suggested that an ingredient found in wine, acetaldehyde, a known carcinogen in alcohol, can damage a person’s DNA and even prevent the repair throughout the body. The research suggested that white wine has a higher level of this known carcinogen than beer or spirits. (If you’re a red wine drinker, you may be off the hook with the possible damages of acetaldehyde since it’s thought that the antioxidants found in red wine may offset any possible risks.)

While there have not been many studies on the relationship between white wine and melanoma, it is a known fact that alcohol consumption does increase the overall risk of several cancers.

So there you have it: Your Debbie-downer moment brought to you by yours truly. Are you going to break up with white wine and go for red now? I’d love to know your thoughts about the research found between white wine and melanoma.

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