Oculocutaneous Albinism in Sub‐Saharan Africa: Adverse Sun‐Associated Health Effects and Photoprotection

@article{Wright2015OculocutaneousAI,
  title={Oculocutaneous Albinism in Sub‐Saharan Africa: Adverse Sun‐Associated Health Effects and Photoprotection},
  author={C. Wright and M. Norval and R. Hertle},
  journal={Photochemistry and Photobiology},
  year={2015},
  volume={91}
}
Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is a genetically inherited autosomal recessive condition. Individuals with OCA lack melanin and therefore are susceptible to the harmful effects of solar ultraviolet radiation, including extreme sun sensitivity, photophobia and skin cancer. OCA is a grave public health issue in sub‐Saharan Africa with a prevalence as high as 1 in 1000 in some tribes. This article considers the characteristics and prevalence of OCA in sub‐Saharan African countries. Sun‐induced… Expand
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