Al­co­hol in can­cer link

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

JUST one al­co­holic drink a day could give you skin can­cer, sci­en­tists have warned. In alarm­ing news for those who like to re­lax with a glass of wine in the evening, any type of tip­ple raises the like­li­hood of de­vel­op­ing two non- me­lanoma forms of the dis­ease. Chem­i­cals re­leased when the body breaks down al­co­hol are be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble. The large- scale study de­fined a stan­dard drink as 10g of al­co­hol – roughly equiv­a­lent to a small glass of wine or a pot of beer. Ev­ery daily 10g shot in­creased the risk of one type – cu­ta­neous squa­mous cell car­ci­no­mas – by 11 per cent and the other – basal cell car­ci­noma – rose by 7 per cent. These are tu­mours that arise in the outer lay­ers of the skin but in dif­fer­ent cell types.

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