Brazil Rare Disease Photo Gallery

In this March 4, 2014 photo, Joao Goncalves da Silva, 80, who suffers from a rare inherited skin disease known as xeroderma pigmentosum, or “XP,” takes off his hat in the kitchen of his home in the Araras community of Brazil’s Goias state. Those with the disease are extremely sensitive to ultraviolet rays from sunlight and highly susceptible to skin cancers. That’s a particularly vexing burden in Araras, a tropical farming community where outdoor work is vital for survival. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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