Though it's smart to take steps to prevent skin cancer, people diagnosed with the non-melanoma types of the disease may have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds.
Study participants who had been diagnosed with either basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer were nearly 80 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's, according to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
The researchers followed 1,102 people age 70 and older, for an average of 3.7 years, checking them annually for Alzheimer's and skin cancer. All participants were enrolled in an ongoing study of aging in New York City.
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