Medical News Summary: Grey hair research may assist in development of melanoma cure


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About: Grey hair research may assist in development of melanoma cure
Date: 23 December 2004
Source: Yahoo News
Author: Randolph E. Schmid
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Yahoo News): A Boston research team has found that the process of graying hair occurs when melanocytes become depleted. A particular gene called Bcl 2 is responsible for melanocyte production. Thus people who go grey prematurely may have a mutation of this particular gene. Melanocyte cells are very hardy and have a good ability to resist such things as ultraviolet radiation. This hardiness becomes a problem in melanomas cancerous melanocytes as they become difficult to treat. By learning how melanocytes die naturally, researchers may be able to develop a treatment for the cancerous melanocytes. Sun exposure is the most significant risk factor for melanomas. Melanoma treatment has a good success rate if it is detected and treated early.
URL: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=624&ncid=753&e=10&u=/ap/20041223/ap_on_sc/going_gray
Related Disease Topics: Cancer, Melanoma, Grey hair, Skin cancer

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