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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention


Over the years, DCEG research on melanoma has made a significant impact in the following areas:

Photo of Margaret Tucker using a dermatoscope to examine dysplastic nevi.DCEG research led to the identification and characterization of dysplastic nevi as the major risk factor for melanoma. This finding informed guidelines for melanoma screening and clinical management in high-risk families and in the general population (Reimer et al., 1978; Greene et al., 1985a, 1985b; Tucker et al., 1997).

DCEG research has contributed to important milestones in the management of melanoma, including the creation of a clinical atlas depicting melanoma and precursor lesions, the creation of training videos to help health care providers examine high-risk families, and the development of a risk calculator to estimate an individual’s probability of developing melanoma (Tucker et al., 2002; Fears et al., 2006).

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