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Scientists link alcohol consumption to skin cancer risk

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Scientists link alcohol consumption to skin cancer risk by: – February 5, 2014 Sharecenter_img 37 Views   no discussions LONDON, England, Wednesday February 5, 2014 – With the consumption of alcohol already linked to seven different types of cancer, scientists are on the verge of adding an eighth, following a study indicating that drinking too much alcohol could set off a chain reaction in the body that makes it more vulnerable to skin cancer.The authors of the work in the British Journal of Dermatology say that ethanol is converted to acetaldehyde soon after ingestion and this compound may render the skin more sensitive to harmful UV light.The results of their research, which looked at 16 different studies involving thousands of participants, suggest that the daily consumption of one or more alcoholic drink increases skin cancer risk by a fifth.The greater the alcohol intake the greater the risk, moreover, with persons who drank 50g of ethanol daily up to 55 percent more likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, compared with non-drinkers or persons who only drank occasionally.Melanoma usually starts in the skin and sometimes within a mole. The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole. This can happen anywhere on the body, but most often the back, legs, arms and face are affected. In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and more than one colour, and they may also be larger than normal moles and sometimes itch or bleed.One of the study authors, Dr Eva Negri from the University of Milan, said: “We know that in the presence of UV radiation, drinking alcohol can alter the body’s immunocompetence, the ability to produce a normal immune response.“This can lead to far greater cellular damage and subsequently cause skin cancers to form. This study aimed to quantify the extent to which the melanoma risk is increased with alcohol intake, and we hope that armed with this knowledge people can better protect themselves in the sun.”The researchers nevertheless admitted that other forces may also be to blame. Drinkers may be less vigilant about exposure to UV radiation, staying in the sun without enough protective clothing or sunscreen.Caribbean Media Corporation Sharelast_img read more

Region 2 RDC expresses disappointment with GPL’s service

first_imgThe Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has expressed its disappointment with the Guyana Power and Light’s service to the Region.Region Two Chairman Devanand RamdattRegional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt said that the RDC was very much disappointed that despite previous pledges by senior management of the power company to use available mediums to inform residents of scheduled outages, this was not being done.Ramdatt said on Monday that GPL and key stakeholders in the Region had agreed that the company would utilise local media (RCA TV) and cellphone messages to inform residents of power outages, but to date this system has not been put in place.The Regional Chairman added that the RDC recalled an email from Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, dated July 9, 2017 which stated, ‘“I will ask GPL to provide advance notice on any load-shedding activities; on the long term, a new set for Anna Regina has been procured already, it is expected to be on site by October; however, we have to complete ground works and other infrastructure issues before we can connect it and have it in full service; it is anticipated all to be completed by November.”’“We are now in April 2018 and the Region is still suffering from constant blackouts which is causing disruption to all GTT landline phones, GWI water flow and Internet service just to name a few,” the RDC said in a statement on Monday.As such, the RDC said, residents, especially the business community, are calling on the Government and GPL to speed up the process at Anna Regina Power Plant and bring some relief to the Region.Only last week, Deputy Mayor of the town of Anna Regina, Darshan Persaud expressed his outrage at the service being offered by the power company.In an interview with Guyana Times, Persaud said residents in the township were complaining about the long periods of power outage, which have contributed to the loss of thousands of dollars in ice cream, chicken, meat, and other frozen foods.Over the Easter weekend, a generator placed by GPL at the Anna Regina Power Station, Essequibo to supply the Region with electricity was moved to Bartica for the Regatta.According to reports, the remaining generators cannot supply the coast, and as such, residents were faced with constant blackouts. (Mohanlall Seulall)last_img read more