Eczema may reduce risk of skin cancer: Condition means sufferers are more likely to shed skin containing cancerous cells (Mail Online)

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Eczema, as any sufferer will attest, can be a real pain. But there may be a silver lining, it seems, as the condition may lower the risk of developing skin cancer.

People with eczema have an overactive immune system which means their skin easily becomes dry and prone to infection.

But this so-called defective skin barrier may also help them shed potentially cancerous cells from the skin and so protect against one of the most common types of skin cancer, squamous cell cancer (SCC).

Read the Mail's coverage in full.