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Can wine cause cancer?

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Recently there have been studies that suggest drinking wine, even just a little, increases your chances of getting breast cancer. Recently there have been studies that suggest drinking wine, even just a little, increases your chances of getting breast cancer.
Charity Ghali Charity Ghali
Dr. Michael Kommor Dr. Michael Kommor
Anna Curley Anna Curley

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Wine. It's been called Mommy's juice. Many women reach for that glass of wine after a day with the kids, or work.

"We just like to unplug," says Charity Ghali.  

But recently there have been studies that suggest drinking wine, even just a little, increases your chances of getting breast cancer.

If you Google wine and breast cancer, there are headlines such as: "Does alcohol cause breast cancer?" And articles that suggest women who have three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15 percent higher risk of breast cancer, or the avoidance of alcohol may cut the odds of breast cancer in half.

At Napa River Grill, one wine drinker said she's heard about the link between breast cancer and wine.

"But I've also heard of a million other things are too, so I guess I take that risk," said Anna Curley.

Besides, there are also headlines that suggest drinking wine, especially red, can reduce breast cancer risk.

We spoke with Dr. Michael Kommor, an oncologist with Baptist Health to help clarify.

"A glass of wine a day is not going to increase your chances enough to change things," said Dr. Kommor. He said the key is moderation. Drinking more will increase your risk.

"I honestly think people are looking for one or two changes in lifestyle that they can change and modify their risk," Dr. Kommor said.  But it's not just one thing.

He said in addition to watching your alcohol consumption women should maintain a healthy diet and exercise.

He also saw no difference between drinking a glass of white or red, but said red wine can help your cardiovascular health.

Evie Clare, the owner of Gemelli Wine and Spirits in Louisville, enjoys a glass of wine most days. She said she believes in moderation. "And that is what I will go with," she said.  Plus, that's good for business.

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