Each year, more than 68,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma, and another 48,000 are diagnosed with an early form of the disease that involves only the top layer of skin. DCEG researchers conduct studies on melanoma, a form of skin cancer. Selected studies include:
A search for new genes associated with melanoma susceptibility in melanoma-prone families.
A study of genetic, environmental and clinical features of melanoma risk and progression in Mediterranean populations.
Tissue-based analyses of precursors, melanoma tumors and metastases within existing study populations to further understanding of the heterogeneity of melanoma and determine a predictive pattern of progression for dysplastic nevi.