Non-melanoma skin cancer: The hygiene hypothesis

Enes Hajdarbegovic, Joris Verkouteren, Deepak Balak

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Protection against ultra violet radiation-induced DNA-damage in the skin is not only provided by the pigmentary system. The epidermal barrier consisting of stratum corneum keratinocytes, filaggrin and other proteins is an additional component of the UV-shield. Disruption of the epidermal barrier through frequent body cleansing with soaps and cosmetics may increase the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)872-874
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Hypotheses
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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