Tag: melanoma

Rare Mutation Leads to New Insights into Melanoma

A study published recently in Science by Susanne Horn and colleagues is a noteworthy example of hypothesis-driven science done right. It exemplifies how seemingly obscure findings can lead to new hypotheses and provide insight into human health and disease. Horn and her colleagues studied a family prone to ...

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Summertime Protection

It’s summertime, you’ve got the beach chair, a trashy novel and sunscreen, but do you have your 23andMe results? Loading... Loading... As the days get longer and people squeeze in a little vacation time, our exposure to the sun's harmful rays goes up and so too does our need to protect against ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Contributing to Melanoma Risk has Different Effects on Mole Count Depending on Age

Melanoma is a rare but deadly form of skin cancer. Known risk factors include pale skin, large numbers of moles (also known as nevi), and prolonged sun exposure. Nevus count has a strong genetic component and researchers have already identified some genetic variants that influence the trait. In a new study ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variants Near Tumor Suppressor Genes May Increase Risk For Brain And Skin Cancer

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation May Explain Why Young Women Are At Greater Risk For Melanoma Compared to Young Men

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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BRCA1/2 Mutations May Decrease Lifespan Even In The Absence of Cancer

BRCA1 and BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) mutations account for most (though not all) cases of inherited breast cancer in women. These mutations are also associated with an increased risk for ovarian cancer. In men, BRCA1/2 mutations increase the risk for breast cancer and may also increase prostate cancer risk.  Research ...

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