More on preventing skin cancerBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7425.1227-d (Published 20 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1227
No evolutionary connection exists between skin colour and cancer
- Marco Procopio (firstname.lastname@example.org), consultant psychiatrist
- Priory Clinic Hove, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4FH
EDITOR—Burry reiterates a very important public health message in recommending people cover up and stay out of the sun to avoid skin cancer.1 I challenge, however, his claims of an evolutionary connection between melanoma and skin colour.
It is true that dark skinned people are less likely to develop …