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Red Hair, Blue Eyes, Fair Skin: Getting a Tan Impossible, Skin Cancer More Likely

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

We have long known that sun exposure is especially dangerous for women like me, who have the genetic trifecta of red hair, blue eyes and fair skin from an Irish/Scottish genetic background. Redheads also make up 16 percent of the world’s melanoma patients. In fact, Redheads have a 102 percent higher risk of skin cancer than brunettes.

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