Link between obesity gene and skin cancer

Scientists at Leeds University have found evidence suggesting that the gene linked to obesity could also increase the risk of a deadly form of skin cancer.

They analysed data from seventy-three thousand people and found that a certain part of the so called fat gene is also associated with malignant melanoma. The discovery is the first to show that the gene affects a disease which is not linked to obesity.

The findings could lead to new ways of treating for malignant melanoma.