Personalized melanoma genomic risk triggers family conversations

A new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology indicates that personalized melanoma genomic risk information can prompt discussions about skin cancer prevention and skin examinations with family and health professionals.

After participants received a booklet explaining their estimated genomic risk based on salivary DNA testing, 74% discussed their with relatives and 49% discussed it with friends. A smaller proportion discussed their data with , and that number was greater for individuals with high genetic risk (41%) than average (16%) or low risk (12%).

"Sharing this information with others might increase its impact on melanoma prevention and skin examination behaviours, and this process could be used to encourage healthy behaviour change within families," wrote the authors of the study, which was published with an accompanying editorial.


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More information: A.K. Smit et al, Does personalized melanoma genomic risk information trigger conversations about skin cancer prevention and skin examination with family, friends and health professionals?, British Journal of Dermatology (2017). DOI: 10.1111/bjd.15744
Journal information: British Journal of Dermatology

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