According to a BBC Health news article today, people with the skin disease vitiligo may have natural protection against skin cancer, a study suggests.

Vitiligo affects one in 200 people in the UK and causes pale skin patches that lack pigment and burn easily – leading to an assumed increased risk of skin cancer.

But the University of London study of 4,300 people identified a common gene mutation that both increases the chance of vitiligo and cuts the risk of cancer.

For more information on this story, follow this link – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8635844.stm


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