Individuals with vitiligo less prone to melanoma, skin cancer
Source: MIMS Dermatology, May 2023
The incidence of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer appears to be markedly low among people with vitiligo, as reported in a study.
For the study, researchers identified adults with vitiligo using the UK electronic primary care records from the Optimum Patient Care Research Database. They matched participants with vitiligo to population controls without vitiligo according to factors such as age and sex, among others.
The primary outcome was the incidence of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers (squamous cell carcinoma [SCC] and basal cell carcinoma [BCC]) and actinic keratoses, which was compared in vitiligo cases and controls using Cox regression.
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