A new study is linking alcohol consumption to a higher risk of skin cancer. According to researchers, drinking too much may make the skin more sensitive to UV light as ethanol is converted to acetaldehyde. The scientists examined 16 different studies and found that consuming one or more alcohol drinks daily increases someone’s risk of skin cancer by a fifth. The more someone drank, the higher their risk.
This may be due to a number of factors—perhaps because alcohol makes the skin more sensitive to UV rays but maybe because drinkers are less likely to protect their skin from the sun. Sarah Williams of Cancer Research UK emphasized, “Whether or not alcohol is linked to skin cancers, it’s still a good idea to limit the amount you drink. Alcohol is linked to seven different types of cancer, and cutting down can cut the risk.”
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