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August 2005


Arch Dermatol. 2005;141(8):1042-1043. doi:10.1001/archderm.141.8.1042

We examined the relationships between hair color, freckling, and mole count in a cohort of 280 children aged 3 years.1 Physical examinations of the children, including assessment of eye color (visual assessment), hair color (wigmaker sample matching), and degree of freckling (visual assessment and matching with graphic representations of freckling on the face, upper back, and arms) were conducted between June 1, 2001, and August 31, 2001. Nevus count, size, and location were recorded by 1 of 3 dermatologists or 1 specially trained pediatrician using previously validated procedures.2 Sun protection habits were assessed in parent interviews and compiled into a composite sun protection scale score.3

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