Gene Variant Tied To Blue Eyes May Be Linked To Higher Risk Of Later Melanoma

Gene Variant Tied To Blue Eyes May Be Linked To Higher Risk Of Later Melanoma

Reports that a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention “suggests that genes tied to blue eyes and red hair could put people at higher risk for moles or freckling in childhood, which are often precursors to…melanoma later in life.” Investigators collected DNA samples and sun exposure information from 477 kids. The investigators, after “following the children from 2004 to 2008…found that the number of moles and freckles increased each year, as did the number of total number of sunburns, waterside vacations and chronic sun exposure.” Kids “with a gene variant tied to blue eyes were more susceptible to the development of moles compared to kids without the gene, particularly if they took more beach vacations…said” one of the researchers.

By | 2018-11-22T07:02:27+00:00 January 16th, 2015|Skin Care|0 Comments

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