Melanoma gene discovered - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/24/09

Melanoma gene discovered

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Even if you are not one to worship the sun, your risk could still be high for melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers.  Researchers at New York University have found a possible link between melanoma and a certain gene variation that puts women under age 50 at risk.  That's because this gene binds itself to estrogen which women stop producing around age 50.  Dr. David Polsky of NYU Langone Medical Center, said, "Down the road it could mean that we would have a test that we could offer to patients."

This is the first time researchers have linked a gene variation to this common form of skin cancer that kills an estimated 8000 Americans each year.

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