Melanoma sometimes occurs in families, indicative of genetic susceptibility.
Around 5% of melanoma patients report a family history in the UK, 7% of Canadian patients and 11% in an Australian study. The reason for the observation of different rates of family clustering in countries at different latitudes is uncertain. One explanation however, may be that it indicates an effect both of shared genes and environment (sun exposure).
- GenoMEL is an international research consortium coordinated by the University of Leeds
- GenoMEL is an FP6 project and as such is funded by the European Commission
- GenoMEL also receives substantial support from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) (CA83115).
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