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Blonds Have More Skin Cancer

By Jess Kilby,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2009 4:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – Blonds and redheads are three times more likely to develop skin cancer, as are those who worked jobs outside through their teenage years, the Age reports. A new study has identified six factors that increase the likelihood of developing a melanoma, which also includes a significantly freckled upper back. For people with more than one factor, the risk is 10 times higher than for the general population.

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Frequent blistering sunburns during the teenage years were also identified as a factor by the study, as was a family history of melanoma and a history of scaly patches on areas of skin exposed to the sun. The research director warned that melanomas can appear at any time.
(Read more skin cancer stories.)

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