Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Antoxidant Levels Might Explain Why Men Have A Higher Skin Cancer Rate

In a recent article, scientists discovered that lower antioxidant levels might explain why men are more likely to get a common form of skin cancer than women. Men are three times more likely to develop skin cancer than the average woman, and studies are showing that it could be linked to the fact that the antioxidant catalase is not as abundant in mens skin as it is in womens. The antioxidant is supposed to clean up hydrogen peroxide and other compounds like it that can be damaging to the skin. It is believed that the protein is just naturally more occurring in women than in men. If this antioxidant could be increased in a man's skin, it would significantly lower the chances of developing a form of skin cancer.

1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting study. Hopefully they are well on their way to producing some sort of therapy with these findings !