A new approach to predict the evolutionary mechanisms of melanoma

Source: News Medical Life Sciences, May 2020

Melanoma is a malignant tumour resulting from the transformation of melanocytes, the cells in the skin that undertake to synthesise melanin, a complex polymer which protects us from the negative effects of solar radiation.

Although melanoma is the least common among skin cancers, it is the one with the highest mortality rate, largely because of its high potential for metastasis.

Once a patient has been diagnosed with advanced-stage melanoma, an assessment is made as to whether he or she stands to benefit from adjuvant therapy with BRAF inhibitors.

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