A recent study has found that people who have a family history of skin cancer (melanoma) could be at an increased risk of developing other cancers including mesothelioma.
A team of German researchers from the Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg found that melanoma may share certain driver mutations with both pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma. In addition, those with first-degree relatives who have suffered from melanoma may also be at a higher risk of developing primary myeloma, multiple myeloma, and acute myeloid leukemia.
The study found that the BAP1 gene was involved in both mesothelioma and melanoma. It concluded that people with a family history of melanoma were 55 percent more likely to develop mesothelioma than those without any family history of skin cancer.
Scientists have previously discovered that having first-line relatives with melanoma increases the risk of developing common cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma and pancreatic cancer among others but the possible link to mesothelioma is a new discovery.
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