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White wine linked to higher risk of certain melanomas

Research we’re watching Alcohol is responsible for about 4% of cancer cases worldwide, typically in the esophagus, liver, pancreas, colon, rectum, and breast. A possible explanation is that the ethanol in alcohol metabolizes into acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents DNA repair. A team of researchers from Harvard and Brown universities sought to determine whether alcohol consumption can also raise risk for melanoma—a potentially deadly skin cancer. They used data from three large…

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