Confirmation that redheads should be extra cautious in the sun.Although only 1 to 2 percent of the world's population is naturally redheaded, redheads seem to always have two distinct characteristics that make them unique and beautiful-their vivacious hair color and their snow-white skin. Fun fact: The two actually come as a package deal, because a specific mutation of a gene called MC1R results in both that ravishing red hair and paler skin tone.
Unfortunately, with lighter skin there usually comes a higher risk for skin cancer. And now, specific research connects the gene that gives redheads their signature color to a heightened risk for developing melanoma. Not so fun fact.
Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, originates in pigment-producing skin cells called melanocytes. UVA and UVB rays both can cause these skin cells to mutate, which increases UV damage to the skin and significantly ups a person's risk for skin cancer.
A series of experiments done at Harvard Medical School andRead More »from Important Sun News: People with This Hair Color Have a Higher Risk of Melanoma