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More on preventing skin cancer

BMJ 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

  1. Marco Procopio (marcoprocopio00@hotmail.com), consultant psychiatrist
  1. 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 …

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