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Redheads Face Skin Cancer Risk

Redheads may be more likely to develop skins cancers, says a new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital. It has long been suggested that fair skinned and ginger haired people should avoid too much sun light, but now lead researcher Dr. David E. Fisher says that may not be enough. According to Fisher, redheads have increased levels of pheomelanin pigment, which has now been linked to increased cancer risk. For the study Fisher and his team created a special breed of mouse with genetically increased levels of the pigment/RTT News. More here. (AP file photo of redhead puppet Howdy Doody)

Question: Dunno of any redheads in my family. How about you?


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