White Wine May Increase Melanoma Cancer Risk

Posted: Dec 6 2016, 8:50am CST | by , Updated: Dec 6 2016, 8:59am CST , in Latest Science News


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White Wine May Increase Melanoma Cancer Risk
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New study finds a strong link between white wine and melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer

Drinking alcohol, especially white wine, is associated with elevated risk of melanoma, a new research suggests.

People who consume a glass of white wine every day are at 13 percent higher risk of developing melanoma, the most severe type of skin cancer. Surprisingly, white wine could even develop cancer in the areas of the body that are less exposed to sunlight and it is a well-known fact that excessive exposure to sunlight can lead to skin cancer.

Melanoma develops in pigments that give skin its color. Melanomas often resemble moles and even sometimes originate from them. This cancer mostly affects people with white skin tone.

Those who drink one and half glass of alcohol per day have 73 percent increased risk of developing melanoma on torso compared with non-drinkers.

“Alcohol consumption has been associated with so many cancer sites in hundreds of epidemiological studies. However, there have been few studies evaluating alcohol consumption and skin cancer,” said study co-author Eunyoung Cho, professor of dermatology and epidemiology at Brown University.

“Each drink per day of white wine was associated with a 13 percent increased risk of melanoma. Other alcoholic beverages including beer and red wine were also positively associated with melanoma but the association was more modest and not statistically significant.”

For the study, researchers followed more than 210,000 participants for an average of 18 years. All of the participants used to drink alcohol too often. Upon the completion of the study, researchers found a link between alcohol and melanoma but the risk was greater with white wine compared to red or any other wine.

The rate of melanoma has been rising in United States. According to stats, more than 76,000 people in U.S. are diagnosed with melanoma in 2016 and more than 10,000 are facing the risk of premature death due to this cancer. However, researchers are unable to explain the increased risk of melanoma with the consumption of white wine

Further research is needed to understand the relationship between white wine and melanoma. Researchers are also hoping to explore why melanomas of less sun exposed body parts were more strongly associated with alcohol consumption that those with higher sun exposure.

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