Severe acne could be 'early sign' of hormonal cancers, study suggests

Dozens of genes that may increase the risk of acne, and in turn breast and prostate cancer, have been identified

Australian researchers have identified dozens of genes that appear to increase the risk of developing acne and have also firmed up the skin disorder's role in hormonal cancers.

Findings from Brisbane's QIMR (Queensland Institute of Medical Research) Berghofer Medical Research Institute confirm a link between acne and the likes of breast and prostate cancer.

The research, which is the world's largest genetic study of acne, has uncovered 29 new genes that are believed to raise the risk of the skin disorder developing.