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New melanoma target found using DNA sequencing

7th June 2013

UK researchers have been able to isolate key genetic information using DNA sequencing that could be used in the treatment of mucosal melanoma.

A team at Cancer Research UK's Paterson Institute for Cancer Research at the University of Manchester discovered that the biological composition of this rare form of the disease differs considerably from the more common cutaneous melanoma.

The study also revealed several genetic faults that could be used as targets for new treatments for the deadly skin cancer.

Mucosal melanoma is not linked to ultraviolet ray exposure and operates completely differently from cutaneous forms of the disease, with no currently available therapies able to effectively treat the illness.

Professor Nic Jones, Cancer Research UK's chief scientist, said: "By recognising the differences between subtypes of melanoma, we will be able to tailor treatment for patients so they have the best chance of beating the disease."

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, with more than 10,600 people being diagnosed with the condition each year in the UK.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801596489-ADNFCR

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