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A Few Facts About Albinism

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Video Transcript:

So here’s another “Daily Do” from your friendly local dermatologist.

So what is albinism? Albinism is a disorder where the pigment part of your skin or the cells that produce the pigment in one way or another don’t produce the pigment. Now, there’s four different types, and we’re not going to go into four different types, because it’s a little not necessary for this video. It is passed down genetically in an autosomal recessive fashion. So it is a genetic disorder.

But what are the problems with albinism? Number one: I think the biggest problem is the social stigma that people who have this disorder suffer from, because they are judged, and guys that’s horrible. If you’ve ever had anything in your life that you’ve been self-conscious about, please, harness that and have compassion for people who have skin disorders, because it’s right out there in the open and they need love and acceptance, probably more than most. That’s number one. Number two: because you don’t have the pigment part of your skin to protect yourself from UV damage, they are much more prone to skin cancers.

There’s other problems with eyes and with other organs that we’re not going to go into, but if you want to learn more you can via the internet. But please, take this lesson, have compassion on people who are concerned about their physical appearance because of one of these disorders. They need love and you can give it. 

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