Alcohol Can Increase Risk of Melanoma

January 28th, 2014 by Briarwood

beautiful winter skinIf you drink alcohol at least once a day, you could be at a higher risk of developing the most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma. According to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, the risk could be up to 55%!  The researchers came to this conclusion based on the results of 16 studies and 6,251 cases of melanoma, exploring the biological changes in the skin and body that contribute to an increased risk of cancer. While it is still unknown exactly how alcohol does this, the researchers believe that a chemical compound called acetaldehyde, which is formed when you ingest alcohol (ethanol), makes you more sensitive to the sun. This increased sensitivity leads to increased rates of oxidative stress and cellular damage which can cause cancer. 

Other research has found that alcohol consumption can also increase the severity of a sunburn.

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. In many cases, it can be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle and protecting your skin from excessive sun exposure. Remember to always wear a good sunblock when you go out, even in the winter. You may not feel the heat of the sun, but its UV rays can still damage your skin!

And remember, protecting your skin isn’t only about minimizing your risk. It’s also about delaying the signs of aging. Keep your skin beautiful!

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