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Massachusetts General Hospital researchers find unexpected factor contributes to melanoma risk in red-haired, fair-skinned individuals

  • Posted: November 1, 2012

Red/blond pigment may actively participate in melanoma formation, identifying possible new prevention strategy. The well-established elevated risk of melanoma among people with red hair and fair skin may be caused by more than just a lack of natural protection against ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Researchers report finding that the type of skin pigment predominantly found in red-haired, fair-skinned individuals may itself contribute to the development of melanoma.

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