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The genetics of skin cancer

Like all cancers, melanoma can cluster in some families, with 10% of melanoma cases reporting a family history. The hunt for melanoma genes started in the early nineties, when it was observed that many melanomas lost similar chromosomal regions. This article describes progress in our understanding of the genetics of melanoma.
Dermatology in practice 2012; 18(1): 8–10
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