Recent research suggests that a higher consumption of white wine can influence the development of melanoma. However, experts have previously found evidence that alcohol consumption and cancer are related.
- In fact, rectal, colon, breast, liver, neck, and head cancers are associated with high alcohol consumption.
- According to the specialists from the Department of Health and Human Services, alcohol is known as a human carcinogen and responsible for three percent of all cancer deaths in the United States every year.
- In the latest study, the experts analyzed roughly 210,000 participants to see if alcohol consumption increased the risk of melanoma in women more than in men.
- The researchers underlined that the study involved only white participants, whereas the women had blonde and red hair.
- Also, most of them had a relative who had melanoma. The two factors increased the risk of skin cancer among the women involved in the research.
- Specialists have concluded that regardless of how much alcohol these people consume, they should take avoid too much sun exposure.
Unfortunately, the findings didn’t provide researchers with a clear connection between the risk of melanoma and alcohol consumption. However, they recommended a moderate alcohol consumption.
Also, they established that the risk of skin cancer didn’t depend on sun exposure. In other words, melanoma might be triggered just by alcohol consumption. In addition, the researchers discovered that the risk of melanoma was higher in body parts which usually receive a lower exposure to the harmful UV lights.
During the study, the participants were divided into five groups depending on how much alcohol they consumed every week. Based on the findings, the risk of skin cancer increased by fourteen percent after each drink every day.
Nevertheless, the scientists say that the not the quantity is the major factor influencing the development of this condition, but the metabolism of every individual. Interestingly enough, white wine was the only drink which was independent of the participants’ metabolism.
White wine contains a high level of acetaldehyde, a chemical compound which is found in beer and spirits too. Red wine contains antioxidants which decrease the risk of melanoma, but white wine is regarded as potentially-harmful. Scientists say that they will continue their research to find out whether this drink is related to a higher risk of melanoma.
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