Alcohol increases the risk of certain forms of skin cancer by up to 11 percent, new research reveals.
For every extra 10 grams of alcohol a day, the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma (BCC) rises by seven percent and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) by 11 percent, a study found.
Past research suggests the ethanol in alcohol can metabolize into acetaldehyde, which is a chemical compound that damages DNA and prevents its repair.
The researchers of the recent study argue that alcohol is a preventable and modifiable risk factor.
Consequently, they believe their findings could help create a global health target to reduce skin cancer's burden.
Alcohol increases the risk of certain forms of skin cancer by up to 11 percent, research reveals
The accuracy of skin cancer diagnoses varies between doctors, leading to both over and under reporting of the life-threatening condition, research suggested last month.
Moderate-to-severe cases of melanoma - the most severe form of the disease - are the most poorly judged, with up to 40 percent of diagnoses being inaccurate, which could put patients' lives at risk, a study found.
Yet, mild cases are correctly diagnosed in 92 percent of cases, while severe incidences are accurately reported 72 percent of the time, the research adds.
Researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle believe efforts to improve