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    Red Hair Gene in Non-Gingers Also Raises Cancer Risk

    This’ll make your skin crawl. While we’ve long known redheads are more prone to skin damage, scientists now say anyone with the “red hair gene” is in a similar boat. It takes two copies of the melanin-altering MC1R gene to be ginger, but one copy is enough to increase cancer risk, even in brunettes, and boost sun-related mutations within melanomas by 42 percent — the equivalent of 21 years of sun exposure. Researchers hope their work will help identify those at risk of developing skin cancer.

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