Alcohol has been linked to several different cancers, some more strongly than others. Now a study adds a new type of cancer to the list, and it’s an unexpected one: Brown University researchers say that drinking, even in moderate amounts, is associated with higher rates of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer.
- “Per drink” risk was based on 12.8 grams of alcohol — the median amount of alcohol in a beer, a glass of wine or a shot of spirits.
- Beer, red wine and liquor did not significantly affect melanoma risk, the study authors added.
- Melanoma accounts for about 1 percent of skin cancers but a large majority of skin cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.
“The study does not prove that white wine causes this deadly skin cancer. It merely shows an association, though one worth exploring, the researchers said.”