Scientists reveal link between drinking alcohol and skin cancer

After analyzing 16 different studies involving thousands of participants, the British Journal of Dermatology found that those who consumed one or more alcoholic drinks a day had an increased risk of developing skin cancer by a fifth.

Scientists reveal link between drinking alcohol and skin cancer

World Bulletin / News Desk

Scientists have found a link between the heavy consumption of alcohol and running higher risks of developing skin cancer after finding that skin becomes more sensitive to UV light.

After analyzing 16 different studies involving thousands of participants, the British Journal of Dermatology found that those who consumed one or more alcoholic drinks a day had an increased risk of developing skin cancer by a fifth.

University of Milan’s Dr Eva Negri said that drinking alcohol can alter the body's ability to produce a normal immune response to UV light. "This can lead to far greater cellular damage and subsequently cause skin cancers to form," he said.

Another scientist told the BBC "alcohol is linked to seven different types of cancer, and cutting down can cut the risk."

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