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Comment & Response
November 2014

Solar Protection by Hair: More Complex Than It Seems to Be

Author Affiliations
  • 1Duke NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore, Singapore
  • 2Department of Rheumatology, Jiangsu University Affiliated Hospital, Zhenjiang City, China
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(11):1078-1079. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.1758

To the Editor We read with great interest the article by Agi and Cohen1 recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. It offers a simple explanation of hair as a form of barrier occluding the skin to prevent solar damage; however, this article may be misinterpreted that long hair offers better solar protection than short hair. This is especially so because this article follows studies by Lesage et al,2Chevalier et al,3 and Green et al4 that show epidemiological evidence of different incidences of melanoma in anatomical positions in girls and boys. In these studies, the differences between hair protection in girls and boys suggest greater incidence of melanoma in areas that are not covered by the hair on the head and neck.

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