A new skin condition is emerging among women who have developed the condition after eating the skin of potato skins, the Food Standards Agency has revealed.
Key points:The Food Standards Authority (FSA) said there were about 2.8 million people who had the condition and 1.3 million were eating potato skinsThe condition is a type of skin cancer, which can be fatalSymptoms include red, patchy, crusty, discoloured skinThe condition, known as skin cancer syndrome, is a form of skin cell cancer which can result in a skin discolouration, skin whitening and discoloration.
The condition was first described in the US in the 1970s, but has now been identified worldwide, the FSA said.
The FSA said there was about 2,000 people in Australia with the condition, and 1,000 in New Zealand.
There are about 50 different types of skin cancers, including skin cancer with a rare form called melanoma.
Some people have the condition when their skin is very fine, while others may develop the condition from eating the skins of potatoes, broccoli or cauliflower.
The skin of potatoes is a dark green colour, but is white with a crusty crust.
Potato skins are a staple in most Western countries, and are sold in supermarkets in Australia and New Zealand as well as in some European countries.
There is no known cure for the condition.