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Study Shows Gene Variation That May Indicate Melanoma

Posted: October 1, 2008

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Catarino and colleagues analyzed the blood of 1,053 volunteers, including 161 people with melanoma and 892 healthy men and women. They found that people carrying two copies of the variant were 80% more likely to develop melanoma.

"Once the genetic factors involved in melanoma...are identified and their importance established and validated, the individual's genetic profile could help clinical decisions," Catarino said.

Reuters, September 15, 2008