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Lifestyle choices increase skin cancer.

woman and cocktail on a beach.
Andree Suddoo

UV exposure: a major and proven carcinogen.

Front page newspapers or online major web sites are always showing starlets drinking alcohol and showing their perfect tanned body during the hot season. Thousands of teenagers and uneducated adults will try to emulate this way of living.

However, overexposure to sunlight and other bad lifestyle choices are major avoidable health hazards.

In 2014, over 2 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year; both malignant and non-melanoma tumors specifically among women. Overexposure to ultraviolet rays during childhood is a main risk factor for skin cancer in adulthood.

Skin cancer has been on the rise in the States over the past 10 years.

Common types of malignancies include:

  • Basal cell carcinoma.
  • Cutaneous melanoma is the most malignant form of skin cancer. It is a highly aggressive illness.
  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
  • No melanocytic or squamous cell carcinoma.

Alcohol: an underestimated human carcinogen.

Drinking too much alcohol and sun tanning during hot summer days is frequent among young adults. It is seen as attractive and prestigious. This high risk behavior has already been studied not only for breast and multiple other cancers but also on skin types.

Alcohol effects include genotoxic of acetaldehyde: production of reactive oxygen or nitrogen species, changes in folate metabolism, increased estrogen concentration.

‘Reducing alcohol is an important and under-emphasized factor in cancer prevention strategy’. From cancer letters, cancer causes and control journal, and American journal of public health.

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