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Vitiligo Confirmed Auto Immune with Genetic Link to Skin Cancer

Posted Apr 22 2010 8:14pm

Vitiligo is a skin pigmentation disorder first brought to a greater awareness when Michael Jackson revealed that he had the condition in 1986. This week, new research has confirmed that vitiligo is an autoimmune disease and shares an unexpected link to malignant melanoma.

Vitiligo is a disorder that affects one in 200 people, causing pale skin patches that lack pigment and burn easily. The condition occurs in all races and ethnicities, but it is more noticeable in those with darker skin. There is currently no cure although the condition can be managed through steroid creams and treatment with ultraviolet light.

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