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Vitiligo sufferers may have cancer protection

22nd April 2010

A study from the University of London has suggested that people with the skin disease vitiligo may have natural protection against skin cancer.

The condition, affecting one in 200 people, causes pale skin patches that lack pigment and burn easily, leading to an assumed increased risk of skin cancer. But the study of 4,300 people, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, identified a common gene mutation that both increases the chance of vitiligo and cuts cancer risk.

 

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