Having Red Hair Doubles Your Chance Of Melanoma

Posted: Apr 28 2016, 1:15pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Having Red Hair Doubles Your Chance of Melanoma
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...and there's nothing you can do about it.

There is new research out that suggests, even without being exposed to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays), people who have red hair and pale skin might be at a great risk of developing skin cancer. A person's skin pigment, which also determines hair color and skin tone, is influenced by the melanocortin-1 gene receptor, according to Independent.

New research from Dr. Judith Wendt and colleagues, which was published in JAMA Dermatology (requires subscription), says that inheriting certain variants of the MC1R gene doubles the risk of developing melanoma, including being red headed, having pale skin, and having freckles.

These findings aren't surprising to many people. But what is surprising is that this risk come exposure to UV radiation from the sun and other sources - like sunbeds.

The studies also find that people with lighter skin tend to see themselves as darker than they are, which makes them use less protection from the sun.

There is a thing called the Fitzpatrick skin classification scale that ranges from 1 to 6 - high risk to low risk, pale to black. It also takes into consideration how the skin reacts to sunlight.

These findings also said that people with light skin have less protection overall from skin cancer and melanoma, even if they are diligent about skincare and protection. This new discovery doesn't, however, give a solution to the problem.

The best thing those of us who are pale can do is examine our skin regularly to look for moles that are suddenly changing or darkening.

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