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Melanoma Risk May Be Genetic for Redheads

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  • People with red hair, very fair skin, freckles and an inability to tan have the highest risk of developing melanoma, and sun exposure is often blamed as the cause
  • New research found redheads have an increased melanoma risk whether they go out into the sun or not, and the pheomelanin pigment itself, which is what makes your hair red, may cause damaging oxidative stress in the skin cells, triggering cancer
  • Sun exposure is not to blame for the increased incidence of melanoma among redheads; sun exposure has actually been found to be protective against skin cancer
  • Other variables, such as the timing of your sun exposure and your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, are far more important in determining your risk of melanoma, and other cancers

By Dr. Mercola

People with red hair, very fair skin, freckles and a genetically-based inability to tan have the highest risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.


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