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Drinking white wine may increase your chances of getting cancer

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(Ernest Doroszuk/Postmedia Network)

(Ernest Doroszuk/Postmedia Network)

White wine drinkers beware: That glass of vino in your hand might be causing cancer.

According to a new study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, drinking a single glass of white wine daily could increase your chance of getting melanoma by 13%. The study examined the drinking habits of more than 210,000 Caucasian men and women over the age of 18, according to the New York Post.

Researchers concluded in the study that white wine contains acetaldehyde, a cancer-causing compound. Red wines also contain acetaldehyde but also have antioxidants that mitigate it.

The good news is wine drinkers don’t need to completely stop drinking the stuff.

“I would not necessarily stop drinking completely,” Dr. Hooman Khorasani of Mount Sinai Health System told CBS. “I don’t think the data are strong enough to support that.”