White Wine and Melanoma: Does Drinking Alcohol Raise Your Risk?

White Wine and Melanoma: Does Drinking Alcohol Raise Your Risk?

Publication date: May 22, 2019

While head and neck cancers, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and rectal cancer have the clearest associations with alcohol consumption, a new study suggests that melanoma could join the ranks.

Dr. Singh and Irene Orlow, DSc-a scientist who leads the Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory at MSK-explain more about the relationship between alcohol and cancer and to put the findings from this particular study into context.

Dr. Singh points out that only white individuals were studied, and women in this group were more likely to have a family history of melanoma and red or blonde hair, which also raises skin cancer risk.

These individuals – who are at higher risk of developing melanoma regardless of alcohol consumption – should have their skin screened regularly and should practice safe sun behavior, Dr. Singh says.

The authors argued that the effect of alcohol consumption on the risk of developing melanoma may be independent from sun exposure.

He points out that though the study showed a greater association of alcohol consumption and melanoma risk in women, the risk of melanoma on an area of the body that typically receives less sun exposure – the trunk – was more strongly seen in men.

Research has shown that alcohol consumption is related to other cancers beyond those of the head and neck and a much larger study from October 2018 suggests that drinking alcohol may be moderately associated with increased melanoma risk.

“Although these findings and the role of different types of alcohol sources need to be confirmed, the case for a potential increase in the risk of melanoma among those who consume alcohol is getting stronger,” Dr. Orlow says.

“Alcohol consumption has been associated with the development of many different types of cancers – and several other medical issues – and it is probably best to consume it in moderation,” Dr. Singh reiterates.

Concepts Keywords
Acetaldehyde Carcinogen
Alcohol Melanocytic nevus
Antioxidants Melanoma
Basking Ridge Cancer
Beer Alcoholism
Bladder Cancer Alcoholic drink
Breast Cancer Health
Carcinogen Psychoactive drugs
Carcinogenic RTT
Colon Cancer Medicine
Esophageal Cancer Stronger melanoma
Genetic Association alcohol melanoma
Hackensack Men women melanoma
Kettering Cancer bladder cancer
Kidney Cancer Risk melanoma
Liver Cancer Alcohol consumption cancers
Lung Cancer Fact melanoma
Melanoma Link alcohol melanoma
Melanomas Melanomas
Meridian
Metabolism
Middletown
Montvale
MSK
Mskcc
Organic Chemical Compound
PhD
Rectal
Red Wine
Skin Head
Smoking
Surgeon
Tobacco
United States
UV
White
White Wine

Semantics

Type Source Name
gene UNIPROT BEST1
disease MESH development
pathway BSID Bladder cancer
pathway BSID Bladder Cancer
disease DOID bladder cancer
disease MESH bladder cancer
disease MESH community
disease DOID lung cancer
disease MESH lung cancer
pathway BSID Metabolism
disease MESH lifestyle
gene UNIPROT SSRP1
gene UNIPROT DYRK3
gene UNIPROT IK
gene UNIPROT ELL
disease MESH men
gene UNIPROT DSC3
disease DOID head and neck cancer
disease MESH head and neck cancer
disease DOID skin cancer
disease MESH skin cancer
gene UNIPROT PDC
disease DOID cancer
disease MESH cancer
disease DOID rectal cancer
disease MESH rectal cancer
disease MESH Melanoma
disease DOID Melanoma
pathway BSID Melanoma
drug DRUGBANK Ethanol

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