Vitiligo and skin cancer

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The risk of skin cancer in patients with vitiligo might be thought of as increased since there is a tendency to burn when in the sun. The matter has been investigated by a team from The Netherlands (Teulings et al. Br J Dermatol 2013; 168: 162-71). They conducted a survey designed to assess lifetime prevalences of malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) in patients with vitiligo compared with non-vitiligo controls.

Their findings suggest that patients with vitiligo have a threefold lower probability of developing malignant melanoma and NMSC. The reasons for this have yet to be fully understood. Hear about this on BBC iPlayer:  CLICK HERE