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It is estimated that 10% of melanomas are associated with familial or inherited syndromes, Melanoma has a hereditary autosomal dominant transmission pattern and only genetic tests can determine whether a person has a genetic mutation. If you have a parent or sibling with melanoma, your risk of developing melanoma is two to three times greater than the average person .The co-existence of melanoma and atypical nevi within families has been described and the syndrome has therefore been named Familial Atypical Multiple Mole-Melanoma (FAMMM).

Mutations CDKN2A (p16, p14ARF eMST1) in are the most common cause of inherited melanoma and is believed to be linked to 25% of hereditary melanoma. This tumor suppressor gene encodes proteins that reduce cell growth These mutations, however can also appear in non-inherited cases of melanoma. Since 70% of people who have mutations in the CDKN2A gene will develop melanoma during their lifetime. All patients with CDKN2A mutation should be subjected to monthly analysis of the moles

Variations in MC1R (melanocortin-1 receptor) have a higher risk to develop melanoma in their life. People who have dark skin and who has more variations of MC1R has a higher than average risk for melanoma.

MDM2 genetic variant appears seems to predispose women to develop melanoma at a younger age

p16 mutations are the most common cause of inherited cancer risk in families with melanoma and pancreatic cancer. Anyone with the inherited gene mutation in the p16 is at higher than average risk for melanoma

There are also some genetic diseases associated with an increased risk of having a melanoma melanoma-astrocytoma syndrome, xeroderma pigmentosum, retinoblastoma, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, the ataxia telangiectasia and Werner’s syndrome, hereditary ovarian and breast cancer, Cowden’s syndrome.


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