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Archived Comments for: Association between dietary fat and skin cancer in an Australian population using case-control and cohort study designs

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  1. Dietary fat linked to melanoma risk in the U.S.

    William B. Grant, SUNARC

    12 June 2006

    This paper found a link between dietary fat and risk of cutaneous malignang melanoma:

    Millen AE, Tucker MA, Hartge P, Halpern A, Elder DE, Guerry D 4th, Holly EA, Sagebiel RW, Potischman N. Diet and melanoma in a case-control study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004 Jun;13(6):1042-51.

    In my opinion, some types of dietary fat would be associated with increased free radical production, hence lower antioxidant status, hence increased risk of skin cancer and melanoma, since much skin cancer risk is related to free radical production. However, some fats might be protective.

    Competing interests

    None.

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