The festive season is upon us, meaning that many of us will be indulging in a drink or two at office parties or family gatherings. But a new study suggests it might be worth steering clear of white wine because it could raise the risk of melanoma.
Eunyoung Cho, an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhodes Island, and colleagues recently published their findings in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Melanoma is a very deadly skin cancer that begins in the cells of the top layer of skin.
Each daily glass of white wine was linked to a 13 percent greater risk of melanoma.
Cho points to previous studies that have shown some wines have higher pre-existing levels of a chemical called acetaldehyde, which is known to damage DNA.