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Saturday, August 25, 2007

To Your Health: Beer and Wine Cuts Kidney Cancer Risk

A Swedish research study suggests having beer or wine on a regular basis can cut your risk of developing kidney cancer.

Scientists at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have discovered a link between the consumption of more than two glasses of wine or beer per week and the risk of developing kidney cancer.

Published in the British Journal of Cancer, the study tracked 855 people with kidney cancer and a control group of 1,204 cancer-free people. Researchers tracked intake of beer, wine, fortified wine and spirits.

Professor Alicja Wolk said the risk of developing kidney cancer was 40 percent lower for people who consumed moderate amounts of regular strength beer and wine, compared with those who did not drink at all. The researchers believe some drinks have antioxidants and antimutagenics.

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