Sunscreen Gene May Protect Against Skin Cancer

Posted: May 21 2016, 8:02am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Sunscreen Gene May Protect Against Skin Cancer
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  • Sunscreen Genetic Sequence may reduce Chances of contracting Skin Cancer

A sunscreen genetic sequence may actually reduce the chances of contracting skin cancer among those who spend long times in the sunlight and the Great Outdoors.

A new study has revealed a sunscreen gene that helps ward off any signs of skin cancer in those who work in the sunlight everyday. Termed the UV Radiation Resistance Associated Gene, it happens to be a suppressant of skin tumors.

Skin cancer, as everyone knows, is the most prominent cancer in the US of A. Melanoma is a deadly killer. Since the ozone hole issue cropped up in the last 30 odd years, melanoma rates have more than doubled.

Finding how this gene works is the gist of the matter. This is because the way it repairs the skin after damage has been incurred from UV rays might show scientists a way of developing drugs that imitate this effect.

Such medicine which reverses the damage will be crucial for the conquering of skin cancer in the USA not to mention the rest of the world.

The study was published in the journal Molecular Cell.

The majority of skin cancer melanomas are caused by damage from UV rays. 10,130 people die each year from melanoma-related skin cancer ailments.

Those individuals whose UV-resistant gene is mutated or low in its potency may face the risk of skin cancer. This gene may later on be a biomarker of skin cancer prophylaxis. 340 patients with melanoma participated in the Cancer Genome Atlas.

Two groups having their UV-resistant gene suffering from a compromised status were also included in the study. UV shots were given to UV-resistant gene owners.

It was found that when the people with UV-resistant genes go sunbathing or undergo the tanning process, their skin repairs itself easily in an automatic manner.

Meanwhile, mutations in these genes or low levels of them did not necessarily mean that the people possessing them would die of skin cancer. The game is not totally one of genetics. The environment and one’s personal choices play a pivotal role in the process as well.

The UV-resistant gene matters though. It was found for the first time about 20 years ago. A disease contracted by people who are very sensitive to sunlight was being studied way back then.

The gene operates normally in a sample population. As a tumor suppressor, the gene may play a vital role in warding off skin cancer. More research needs to be done before a conclusion is reached though.

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