Study: More Than A Quarter Of A Middle-Aged Person’s Skin May Have Made First Steps Towards Cancer.

BBC News (5/23) reported that research suggests that “more than a quarter of a middle-aged person’s skin may have already made the first steps towards cancer.” The “analysis of samples from 55- to 73-year-olds found more than 100 DNA mutations linked to cancer in every 1 sq cm (0.1 sq in) of skin.” The findings were published in Science.

Forbes (5/23) contributor Faye Flam wrote that “the findings…could shed light on how skin cancers develop and perhaps aid in the search for drugs that could prevent them or treat severe cases where surgery would be difficult.”