Reduced Incidence of Melanoma, Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers In Vitiligo

Source: Dermatology Times, June 2023

Patients with vitiligo were found to have a reduced incidence of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers in a UK-based study.

Researchers sought to determine the incidence of skin cancers among patients with the condition, citing conflicting epidemiological evidence describing an inverse relationship between skin cancer and vitiligo. Furthermore, they sought to explore heterogeneity.

Particularly, they noted a lack of population-based evidence representative of European countries.
They used UK electronic primary care records from 2010 to 2022 to identify adult patients with vitiligo. 15,156 adults were identified and matched to relevant population controls (n=60,615) including age, sex, ethnicity, race, clinical characteristics, and comorbidities.