Melbourne: Australian researchers have claimed to have discovered a mutant gene that increases the risk of melanoma, a type of skin cancer.According to an ABC report, Graham Mann of Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, said the mutant gene, known as MITF, is more commonly found in people who have many moles and a family history of melanoma.He said a large-sample study found that the gene is carried by around 200,000 Australians.The findings have been published in the latest issue of science journal Nature, and Mann said the research will hopefully lead to better treatments for people at risk."What we would hope is that because we understand how that mechanism is working, it might be possible to prevent that by a safe medication that could be designed or maybe an existing medication that`s out there," he said."Taken regularly, [it] may be a way of reducing the risk for people who are carrying this mutation.
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