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Red wine found to cut prostate cancer risk

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SEATTLE, Sep 23, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The potential health benefits of red wine have again been extolled, this time by a study finding moderate use decreases the risk of prostate cancer.

Janet Stanford and colleagues in Fred Hutchinson's Public Health Sciences Division in Washington state found no significant effects -- positive nor negative -- associated with the consumption of beer or hard liquor and no consistent risk reduction with white wine.

"We found that men who consumed four or more glasses of red wine per week reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 50 percent," Stanford said. "Among men who consumed four or more 4-ounce glasses of red wine per week, we saw about a 60 percent lower incidence of the more aggressive types of prostate cancer."

She said the more clinically aggressive prostate cancer is where the strongest reduction in risk was observed.

The beneficial compound researchers believe responsible is an antioxidant called resveratrol, which is abundant in the skins of red grapes but much less so in the skins of white grapes.

The findings appear online in The International Journal of Cancer.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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