The role of genetics in the prevention of skin cancer

  • David Whiteman
  • Rachel Neale
Part of the Cancer Prevention — Cancer Causes book series (CPCC, volume 3)


Cancer results from a complex interaction of environmental and genetic factors that impact upon a target cell, eventually leading to uncontrolled growth, invasion of adjacent structures and metastatic dissemination. Recent advances in understanding the mechanisms of carcinogenesis have emphasized the role of molecular pathways leading to cancer, raising expectations among clinicians and the public that many of today’s common afflictions will be prevented or definitively treated in the future. This chapter seeks to integrate the findings from the molecular and epidemiological paradigms, and in so doing, highlight salient issues of relevance to the control of skin cancer.

Key words

molecular epidemiology carcinogenesis tumor-suppressor genes risk assessment genetic counseling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Whiteman
    • 1
  • Rachel Neale
  1. 1.Population and Clinical Sciences DivisionQueensland Institute of Medical ResearchHerstonAustralia

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