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Genetic loci for tanning response to sun exposure identified

24 May 2018

This recent study used genetic data from almost 200,000 people of European ancestry to determine the genetics of sunburn and assess how these genes were responsible for protection from the sun. According to the study, almost all the genes involved in skin tanning were identified, which included 10 new genetic regions not previously identified. The results suggest the development of skin cancer can occur via two pathways: one dependent on skin pigmentation and the other independent of tanning ability.

Continued surveillance important to monitor for melanoma recurrence among tumour negative sentinel lymph node biopsy patients

23 May 2018

This recent study suggests that melanoma patients with BRAF or NRAS mutant tumours have an increased risk compared to patients with BRAF/NRAS wild-type tumours of developing disease recurrence following a tumour-negative sentinel lymph node biopsy. The findings also confirm the importance of continued surveillance to monitor for disease recurrence among sentinel lymph node biopsy-negative patients.

Meeting report from 2018 Sunscreen Summit

12 May 2018

On 19 and 20 March 2018, the Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Research Centre (ASSC) hosted a Sunscreen Summit with a view to developing a consensus approach to sunscreen policy.