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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Are people with albinism more at risk for skin cancer?

    A classmate of mine is albino and I was wondering if he is more at risk for skin cancer due to his utlra pale skin?
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    The Albinism Fellowship of Australia (AFA) is a national, non-profit organization established in 2005. The AFA is a registered charity. The fellowship is run by … View Profile

    Albinism is associated with an increased risk of various forms of skin cancers, especially squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), basal cell carcinomas (BCCs)  and their precursors. While the literature does not report a higher rate of melanoma in people with albinism, certain types of skin cancers may present atypically in people with albinism.

    People with albinism (including children) should have regular skin checks with a qualified health practitioner with expertise in detecting unusual lesions. The importance of sun protection with clothing, hats and sunscreen cannot be over emphasised. 

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