Researchers find melanoma may be genetic - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/31/09

Researchers find melanoma may be genetic

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD)-  You don't have to spend a lot of time in the sun to get skin cancer, your genes may already put you at high risk, especially if you don't wear sun screen. 

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health studied the genes of nearly 80 Melanoma patients.  They were able to identify a specific mutation that stood out from the rest because cancer cells depended on it to grow.  It's not a trigger for all skin cancers, but researchers say they're excited this could open the door to new screening techniques to find people especially high risk for Melanoma.

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