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The wine-lymphoma connection

Wine, it would seem, has so many health benefits.

Since the 60 Minutes report in 1991 on the French Paradox - a study that showed the French seem to have fewer issues with heart disease despite eating fois gras, cheese, etc. - sales in red wine in particular have steadily increased.

So, it would seem, have studies on the health benefits of drinking wine in moderation. Since I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in November, I've been on the lookout for a connection between wine and cancer. Today, I found one, thanks to a friend.

A new study by the Yale School of Public Health indicates that those who drank wine prior to being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma have a lower risk of relapse or death. Those who were wine drinkers prior to having cancer had a 76 percent five-year survival rate vs. 68% for those who did not drink wine.

Did I pick the right profession.

You see, in addition to my duties as director of Interactive Media for the Tri-City Herald, I'm also the editor of Wine Press Northwest, a quarterly glossy consumer magazine owned by the Herald. We launched it in 1998, and as a result of my job, I taste in the neighborhood of 5,000 wines per year.

The study indicates that those most affected by wine drinking had diffuse large B cell lymphoma. I have a variant of that, which I hope is close enough.

Score another win for moderate wine consumption. And thank goodness for living in the heart of Washington wine country.

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