01/09/2009

NIH Study Reveals New Genetic Mutations in Deadly Skin Cancer

National Institutes of Health researchers have identified a new group of genetic mutations involved in the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma.

 

Exposure to sunlight is considered as a major cause of melanoma as the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight can damage DNA and lead to cancer-causing genetic changes within skin cells.

 

In the United States and many other nations, melanoma, more commonly referred to as skin cancer is becoming increasingly common.

 

Hence, this discovery is particularly encouraging because some of the mutations reside in a gene already targeted by a drug approved for certain types of breast cancer.