Surprising Causes of Skin Cancer

By Sara Butler

Skin cancer is scary – and more common than you might think. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 9500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every single day in the United States. Of course, if you’re fair skinned with light eyes and a penchant for sunburns you already know you’re at risk for skin cancer. But there are less obvious things that will increase your risk of skin cancer you should be made aware of.

White Wine

Yeah, this one is a bit of a buzzkill. Researchers have found that a glass of white wine a day is associated with a 13 percent increase of risk of developing skin cancer. It may be due to the enzymes in the wine that researchers think damage the DNA of your cells.

But, this doesn’t mean you should give up wine altogether! You should probably just reach for red wine instead. It is packed with antioxidants that are good for your cells. Just drink responsibly.

HPV

HPV is short for human papillomavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. A study published in the British Medical Journal found a possible connection between some strains of HPV and some types of skin cancer. The more strains of the virus people carried, the more likely they were to develop skin cancer in their lives. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’ve been tested!

Relatives with Red Hair

Do you have gingers in your family tree? Well, that may mean you have an increased risk for skin cancer, even if you don’t have red hair yourself. The gene that gives you red hair is associated with a 42 percent higher chance of skin cancer when compared with people who don’t carry the gene. If you’re unsure, you may want to consider genetic testing!

Citrus Juice Consumption

Do you love that morning glass of orange juice? Researchers have found that people who drink a one-cup serving of orange or grapefruit juice per day have a 36 percent higher chance of developing skin cancer. It may be because of the compounds found in the fruit, which makes skin more photosensitive. So, you may want to rethink that morning cup of juice!

Skin cancer should always be on your mind -- so make sure you're taking care of yourself and getting checked out regularly for skin cancer!

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