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Alcohol consumption and risk of cutaneous basal cell carcinoma in women and men: 3 prospective cohort studies.

Alcohol consumption may put an individual at high risk of developing skin cancer.

​This study assessed whether there is an association between alcohol intake and the tendency to develop skin cancer. Researchers analyzed data from over 200,000 men and women who participated in the Nurses' Health Study and Health Professional Follow-up Study. 

The research team found a significant increase in the risk of basal cell carcinoma (BCC)--a form of skin cancer--among consumers of alcoholic beverages, including liquor and white wine. "Alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk of cutaneous BCC in both women and men," the authors concluded.

Research Summary Information

  • 2015
  • Wu S, Li WQ, Qureshi AA, Cho E.
  • Department of Dermatology, Warren Alpert Medical School, and Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA; eunyoung_cho@brown.edu nhshw@channing.harvard.edu. Department of Dermatology, Warren Alpert Medical School, and Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Brown University, Providence, RI; Department of Dermatology, Warren Alpert Medical School, and Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Brown University, Providence, RI; Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; and Department of Dermatology, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI. Department of Dermatology, Warren Alpert Medical School, and Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Brown University, Providence, RI; Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; and eunyoung_cho@brown.edu nhshw@channing.harvard.edu.
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