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Genetic Mutations Warn of Skin Cancer Risk

Genetic Mutations Warn of Skin Cancer Risk | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Researchers have discovered that mutations in a specific gene are responsible for a hereditary form of melanoma.


"Every year in the UK, almost 12,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma, a form of skin cancer. About 1 in 20 people with melanoma have a strong family history of the disease. In these patients, pinpointing the genetic mutations that drive disease development allows dermatologists to identify people who should be part of melanoma surveillance programmes.


"The team found that people with specific mutations in the POT1 gene were extremely likely to develop melanoma. These mutations deactivate the POT1 gene that protects the ends of our chromosomes from damage."

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Medical Xpress  |  Mar 30, 2014

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New Cancer Family History Guidance From ASCO

New Cancer Family History Guidance From ASCO | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"A new set of recommendations are now available for oncologists on how to collect and utilize the cancer family history of a recently diagnosed cancer patient. The recommendations were released by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and are published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This is the first guidance specifically on how oncologists can use family history information to assess whether the patient may have a hereditary form of cancer and to identify those who may have a hereditary predisposition to cancer. The guidelines also review how to refer those patients to appropriate genetic testing and counseling."

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Cancer Network  |  Mar 13, 2014

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Cancer Network  |  Mar 13, 2014