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Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD, is the Clinical Director of the Mass General Melanoma & Pigmented Lesion Center, Director of the Melanoma Genetics Program, and a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center's Center for Melanoma.
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A major international study has identified a novel gene mutation that appears to increase the risk of both inherited and sporadic cases of malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. The identified mutation occurs in the gene encoding MITF, a transcription factor that induces the production of several important proteins in melanocytes, the cells in which melanoma originates.
Hensin Tsao, MD, Director of Mass General's Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Center explains how family history, genetic risks and personal health history can all affect your risk of melanoma, and what steps you should take to detect it at an early, treatable stage.
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