Could Increasing the Melanin In Your Skin Protect You From Cancer?

Could Increasing the Melanin In Your Skin Protect You From Cancer?

Researchers are looking into the effects of raising melanin levels in skin to prevent melanoma. Hereโ€™s what you need to know.

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Mammalian pigmentation is regulated by a distinct cAMP-dependent mechanism that controls melanosome pH
โ€œThe production of melanin increases skin pigmentation and reduces the risk of skin cancer. Melanin production depends on the pH of melanosomes, which are more acidic in lighter-skinned than in darker-skinned people. We showed that inhibition of soluble adenylyl cyclase (sAC) controlled pigmentation by increasing the pH of melanosomes both in cells and in vivo.โ€

What Is Melanoma?


โ€œThe most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations (genetic defects) that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.โ€

What causes a sunburn or a suntan?
โ€œAny time your skin is not protected by sunscreen or clothes and gets too much sun, it can burn or tan. But why do some people get a sunburn and others get a suntan? You have something called melanin in your skin. It’s the stuff that gives your skin its color. People who have dark skin have more melanin. People who have light skin have less.โ€

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  • sly fly Reply

    so basically if i take melanin im probably going to have a hard time finding a job, constantly will get pulled over by the police and will eventually end up in prison and will have to change my name to lee roy

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Bonita Grizzelle Reply

    Hey, I just want to know where they plan on getting that extra human melanin from. People of color…watch your backs. They very thing black people have been dehumanized, terrorized, discriminated against and hated for by โ€œcertainโ€ people for, is the most expensive item on earth, melanin. These hypocrites hate us cause they ainโ€™t us. The sun a natural occurrence that they canโ€™t handle. They need melanin to survive the sun. Like some vampire story. Nature is killing them and they gonna look at melanated โ€œhostsโ€ to save them. The scientists have been at it for a long time. You would think they would have more respect for people of color. But…….nooooooooo

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • A-Girl- Like_Me Reply

    When global warming gets worse the UV rays may greater affect people with lighter complexions. Hence in years to come more cases of skin cancer will arise.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Raziel Bey Reply

    No wonder white people tryna blot out the sun

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Gabby Mouse Reply

    Thank you, but I'll stick with my White, fair skin, I'm happy with the way I am.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Travon Tinsley Reply

    I'm black never had not one sun burn in my entire life don't know what it feels like to have one nice๐Ÿ‘

    The comment section is just one be ass race war ya got ppl in here talking about IQs all types of shit you got your common white supremacist us humans are just so smart but so very ignorant at the same time and ya know what wait until one of them finds out that their not 100% of whatever race they are cause well humans been race mixing since the beginning…

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Tykuria Dillard Reply

    Y'all want our skin too? Y'all want everything we have. Damn.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Victor Rosas Reply

    My skin actually gets dark fast what does that mean

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Ripley1156 Reply

    I'm dark brown skinned and have never burned. Seems like my skin loves the sunshine. Guess I'm lucky in that regards. Funny how so many lightskinned people (not just white but lightskinned hispanics, indians, arabs and others) have issues with dark brown skin but that's their problem. I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • leon jacobs Reply

    Wouldn't it be easier to move back to the cold parts of the world where ur fathers evolved

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Morena Linda Reply

    For those wanting to darken their skin, you'll of course get extra protection from the sun, and and also learn what it's like to get mis-treated by society for having that god-given skin color protection that I have ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Arroz con leche Reply

    Am proud to be black

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Kedavona Novinger Reply

    These comments! WHITE PEOPLE CANNOT GET MELANIN! Period !!

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Abraham Haile Reply

    Cool i am black

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • 89 Million subscribers Reply

    im Brown and Sun is my Uncle๐Ÿ˜’ Malalin is my Sis

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Lisa ! Reply

    I'm shaking now cause us asians bleach our skin everyday to reduce melanin and to get white skin

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • miss misanthropist Reply

    i cant tan

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Buff The Nazi Slayer Reply

    F the ethics I'll be rainbow coloured with transparent blood for all I care.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Buff The Nazi Slayer Reply

    Can it affect melanin production in the eyes and hair?

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Buff The Nazi Slayer Reply

    So this is how skin bleaching works.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Ian Sanchez Reply

    Duh. Basic evolution. Exposure to too much skin can cause skin cancer so people from sunnier, hotter parts of the world (Africas, Pacific Islanders, ect.) evolve as a natural defense from the sun as opposed to people from colder, gloomier parts (Europeans, eastern asians) who need to be whiter because they still need their exposure to the sun but spend all their time covered up because of said climate

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • tommy hall Reply

    it's called getting a base tan slowly….your melanin will naturally increase with ongoing exposure. duh.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • DabbingSquidward Reply

    What is this anti-white, jew bullshit?

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Kandake Amanirenas Reply

    I wish I had darker skin, smooth and flawless, luxuriously silky, velvety delicious chocolate golden skin like beautiful black people… They endure a living hell from ppl with pink skin but they stay looking young forever in spite of their mistreatment! Beautiful

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Ricardo Castillo Reply

    What would happen if Glutathione was taken with a melanin booster?

    If hight levels of glutathione can lighten the skin, by Inhibiting tyrosinase enzymes. Would a melanin boost even work.

    Because, glutathione dose have a lot of other benefits as the mother of all antioxidant, and it would be interesting to see what would happen.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • NettechZelkova Reply

    Hmmmmm. A drug that turns you into a brotha for a day to โ€œprotect against the sunโ€.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • ืขืžื ื•ืืœ ืขื•ื–ืจ Reply

    That's it is so great, the first time in the history of the human race people can choose what color of skin they want to have

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Tristen Staten Reply

    I think it would be great cause we would have one less reason to hate each other. This will never happen though because I feel God made so many different races to test is as human sinners to see if we can live through our differences and some like me can but a lot still hate just because skin is different color, racism is still very much alive today, sadly.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Pedro Henrique Reply

    its funny racism exists and then white people want to increase melanin, which is basically asking to be black


    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Malcolm Prophet Reply

    George Washington breed slaves for this reason. You are allowed to know why African's are here in America. When the Europeans came here & murdered the Native American's they all would have died of cancer. That's karma. So They raped African's after they burned there language & religion in Africa.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Marley Aiden Reply

    Africans have no body hair too not even a beard majority of them, best way to be part of Darwin theory survival of the fittest start mix breeding

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Wayne Smith Reply

    White humans are like bacon……..It looks fat and icky until it starts browning in the pan and then it looks tasty….I told my wife brown fat looks better than white fat, so go get some sun.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • samuel alรญren Reply

    More anti white propaganda.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm
  • Lemon Busuk Reply

    Now, I'm a little grateful for my tan skin.
    Because asians prefer white skin.

    May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm

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