People with red hair are vulnerable to deadly skin cancer

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People with red hair are more susceptible to the deadly skin cancer, regardless of whether they too often spend time in the sun or not.

Not only that. A study, published in Nature journal, shows that the pigment that gives hair a red hue have cancer-causing effects.

“We studied the formation of melanoma in mice with red hair and found that the red pigment has the ability to drive the formation of melanoma. In fact, without the exposure to ultraviolet radiation,” said David Fisher, director of the cancer center at Massachusetts General Hospital, as reported Abc.net.au.

The results of laboratory studies have shown that red rats are more susceptible to melanoma than black and albino rats. All of course regardless of whether or not they are exposed to UV.

This study reveals an astonishing fact that avoiding the sun will not protect a redheaded person from dangerous skin cancer. According to data from the World Health Organization, approximately 132,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year.

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