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Glossary: xeroderma pigmentosum, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

xeroderma pigmentosum

(ZEER-oh-DER-ma pig-men-TOH-sum)

A genetic condition marked by an extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation, including sunlight. People with xeroderma pigmentosum are not able to repair skin damage from the sun and other sources of ultraviolet radiation, and have a very high risk of skin cancer.