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Old 10-05-2011, 08:01 AM   #1
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Prostate cancer and Red wine.

Here is something that I read recently that I thought I should share with my fellow prostate cancer patients.

"Research studies published in the International Journal of Cancer show that drinking a glass of red wine a day may cut a man's risk of prostate cancer in half and that the protective effect appears to be strongest against the most aggressive forms of the disease. It was also seen that men who consumed four or more 4-ounce glasses of red wine per week have a 60 percent lower incidence of the more aggressive types of prostate cancer"

The first thought that came to mind was "Okay, I love my red wine and I drink 2 - 3 glasses of wine a day. I also have a Gleason 8 cancer. So what happened in my case?"

Maybe I would have an even more aggressive cancer if I didn't drink red wine.
Who knows?

Have a great day everyone....Lionel

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Re: Prostate cancer and Red wine.

Hi Lionel,

As a devoted consumer of two glasses of red wine daily, I was happy to see your post!

I tried to find the paper but was not successful. I did come up with two papers from the same journal, but both found no association with risk of prostate cancer. Do you have the list of authors of the study you saw?

Here is the citation information from the studies I looked at:

Int J Cancer. 2010 Jan 1;126(1):171-9.
Red wine consumption and risk of prostate cancer: the California men's health study.
Chao C, Haque R, Van Den Eeden SK, Caan BJ, Poon KY, Quinn VP. Found no association with risk.

Int J Cancer. 2007 Apr 1;120(7):1529-35.
A prospective cohort study of red wine consumption and risk of prostate cancer.
Sutcliffe S, Giovannucci E, Leitzmann MF, Rimm EB, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Platz EA. Also found no association.

I'm wondering if your study was later, or perhaps prior to these two. It may have been what caused these researchers to look at their own data bases.

My understanding is that moderate alcohol consumption, especially two glasses of red wine a day, is favorable for prostate cancer patients, assuming they have no problem with alcohol. Red wine has resveratrol, which appears helpful to us. However, apparently we would need to consume about twenty glasses a day to get enough to have an effect, and that just might cause other problems.

Take care,


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Re: Prostate cancer and Red wine.

Hi Jim,

Sorry it took me so long to get back to your post, but I havn't had the computer on for a while.

I don't remember where I read that study, because a lot of the time I read a bunch of stuff about cancer, in particular prostate canceer, and I don't keep track of whose study it was.

I plan on continuing my daily wine consumption in the hope that it really does some good as has been reported in several studies. In any case, it relaxes me and I can't see that as being a bad thing. Im about to go again on Nov. 3 for the next six month report on my psa count. The last time it was still undetectable but it's getting closer to that 3 year mark when my cancer came back after the surgery. This time it will be 32 months since the salvage radiation and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. At times like this, I sometimes think I need a lot more than a couple glasses of wine!

Take care and have a great day.


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Re: Prostate cancer and Red wine.

My initiation on red wine was at the age of seven. It was common in the old times in Portugal to let children taste wine at meal time. When in baptism a drop of wine in the baby lips was also part of the tradition. I can say that I am made of red wine. How far such is helping behind my “micrometastases” is unknown but convincing.

The National Cancer Institute reports this in its site;

What have red wine studies found?

"The cell and animal studies of red wine have examined effects in several cancers, including leukemia, skin, breast, and prostate cancers. Scientists are studying resveratrol to learn more about its cancer preventive activities. Recent evidence from animal studies suggests this anti-inflammatory compound may be an effective chemopreventive agent in three stages of the cancer process: Initiation, promotion, and progression".

Cheers to all with a glass of my Esporao.

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