Alcohol consumption

New studies show link between alcohol consumption and increased risk of skin cancer

How indulging in too many booze this festive season could increase your chances of getting melanoma

  • A new German study has found that alcohol can increase your risk of skin cancer
  • Research shows people’s skin burns faster after consuming three drinks
  • Another study found a 20% increase in melanoma risk for regular drinkers
  • The results show that the equivalent of five regular beers a day increases the risk to 55%

Having a few too many drinks during the holiday season can be a recipe for disaster in multiple ways, but experts warn it can also dramatically increase the risk of skin cancer.

Drinking alcohol often causes people to spend too much time in the sun, regardless of the need for sunscreen.

But researchers now say it can also massively increase a person’s risk of melanoma.

As people drink a few extra drinks during the holidays, experts warn it can dramatically increase the risk of skin cancer

A German study that investigated the dual impact of alcohol and sun exposure found that alcohol not only increased the risk of sunburn, but also the severity

A German study that investigated the dual impact of alcohol and sun exposure found that alcohol not only increased the risk of sunburn, but also the severity

A German study that investigated the dual impact of alcohol and sun exposure found that alcohol not only increased the risk of sunburn, but also its severity.

“Study participants each consumed three drinks before being exposed to UV light, with tests showing their skin burned faster,” said dermatologist Niyati Sharma.

Another study found a 20% increased risk of melanoma in people who drank alcohol compared to those who did not drink alcohol regularly.

Another study found a 20% increased risk of melanoma in people who drank alcohol compared to those who did not drink alcohol regularly.

Another study found a 20% increased risk of melanoma in people who drank alcohol compared to those who did not drink alcohol regularly.

For those who drink the equivalent of five beers a day, the increased risk rises to 55%.

The drinkers had lower levels of carotenoids – an antioxidant that protects against UV exposure – which Dr Sharma says is likely responsible for their increased vulnerability to the effects of the sun.

Studies have also shown that the risk of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma – the two most common types of skin cancer – is also increased by alcohol consumption.

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Studies have also shown that the risk of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma – the two most common types of skin cancer – is also increased by alcohol consumption.

Dr Sharma says it’s a timely prompt for Australians to get their skin checked.

The country has one of the highest melanoma rates in the world, with around 16,000 Australians diagnosed each year and around 1,300 deaths from the disease each year.

“The start of summer is a welcome reminder to all of us of the dangers of melanoma and the need to be vigilant with sun protection and monitoring all areas of concern.”

“Skin checks are essential for the early detection of melanoma or other types of skin cancer.”

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