A new study has suggested that white wine may be a melanoma risk factor.
The study which was published in the American Association for Cancer Research journal revealed that those who drink alcohol every day are at a 14% greater risk of melanoma than those that don’t drink at all.
It also indicated that if you don’t live somewhere where you’re regularly exposed to the sun, but drink at least 20 grams of alcohol per day, you’re at a 73% greater risk of developing skin cancer.
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For white wine lovers, researchers compared melanoma risk among those that drank certain alcohols most frequently.
The research revealed that regular white wine drinkers had a 13% greater risk than those who preferred red wine, liquor or beer.
The researchers also explained that wine often has high levels of alcohol’s carcinogenic byproduct, which is linked to a risk of developing certain cancers.
However, the researchers are yet to find out why alcohol is linked to skin cancer risks in covered areas.
What is more, the study sample did not have a lot of people of colour and hence researchers are not able to determine if findings could apply to non-white ethnic groups either.