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THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) It’s well known that natural redheads are at higher odds for deadly melanoma skin cancer, and new research in mice may help explain why. Researchers at Harvard. THURSDAY, Aug.

22 (HealthDay News) It’s well known that natural redheads are at higher odds for deadly melanoma skin cancer, and new research in mice may help explain why. Researchers at Harvard Medical School say the genetic mutation responsible for red hair and light skin also appears to promote a well-known cancer -causing pathway. THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) It’s well known that natural redheads are at higher odds for deadly melanoma skin cancer, and new research in mice may help explain why. Researchers at Harvard Medical School say the genetic mutation responsible for red hair and light skin also appears to promote a well-known cancer-causing pathway.

THURSDAY, Aug. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) It’s well known that natural redheads are at higher odds for deadly melanoma skin cancer, and new research in mice may help explain why. Researchers at Harvard Medical School say the genetic mutation responsible for red hair and light skin also appears to promote a well-known cancer-causing pathway.

New research could make a difference Recent research could make a big difference in decreasing the risk of melanoma in redheads. People with red hair have variants in the melanocortin-1 receptor protein, causing their light skin color, according to Dr. Lipner. The same genetic mutation that leads to red hair and fair skin may put redheads at risk for skin cancer, a new study suggests.

The results show mutations in a gene called MC1R — which cause red. Marie carries the same type of mutation that leaves redheads unable to make dark pigment, and this puts her at higher risk of developing melanoma. This led us to wonder why the melanoma risk is so.

Epidemiology of melanoma and its relationship to vellus hair. Prepubertal children have a much higher proportion of vellus hair compared to adults, which led us to investigate whether there may be a relationship between vellus hair and melanoma incidence that may explain an increased vulnerability of children to sun exposure. Melanoma Risk for Redheads Red hair and light skin can be a killer combo, literally. According to a study published in the journal Molecular Cell, gingers are at elevated risk for developing. About 1 to 2 percent of the human population has red hair.

Redheads have genes to thank for their tresses. Research shows red hair usually results from a mutation in a gene called MC1R, which codes.

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Other variants, I155T and R163Q, are associated with an increased risk for melanoma but not the red hair phenotype.

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Moreover, recent genomic studies have identified numerous genetic loci associated with a slightlyto moderatelyincreased risk for melanoma (e.g., allelic variants in the key pigmentation gene, melanocortin 1 receptor [MC1R]).

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A 1994 survey by the American Cancer Society, however, implicated only dark hair dyes, finding that women who used them for two decades or more had a 400 percent greater risk of dying from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma, a malignancy of the bone-marrow cells that produce antibodies.

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It was the search for genetic risk factors for melanoma that uncovered this particular redhead allele.

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After that discovery, there has been a growing interest in red hair as a risk factor for melanoma and for nonmelanoma skin cancers (Rees, 2000).

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by James J. Nordlund, Raymond E. Boissy, et. al.
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Homozygous or compound heterozygous loss-of-function MC1R mutations (i.e. resulting in impaired cAMP generation in response to 0-MSH) have been shown to largely account for the red hair phenotype in humans, which approximates an autosomal recessive trait and increases the risk of developing melanoma over fourfold.”

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For all pigmentation factors (except having red hair), the effect sizes for a SNP on melanoma risk and pigmentation were highly correlated.

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from AACR 2018 Proceedings: Abstracts 1-3027
by American Association for Cancer Research
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Melanocortin 1 receptor gene variants are associated with an increased risk for cutaneous melanoma which is largely independent of skin type and hair color.

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from Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology
by Tony Burns, Stephen Breathnach, et. al.
Wiley, 2008

Other studies found no significant relationship between selenium levels and melanoma risk.

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from Dermatology in Public Health Environments: A Comprehensive Textbook
by Renan Rangel Bonamigo, Sergio Ivan Torres Dornelles
Springer International Publishing, 2018

Cancer 66:1873–1878 Kennedy C, ter Huurne J, Berkhout M et al (2001) Melanocortin-1 receptor gene variants are associated with an increased risk for cutaneous melanoma which is largely independent of skin type and hair color.

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by Thomas Krieg, David R. Bickers, Yoshiki Miyachi
Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010

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