Skin Cancer Study May Pave Way for More Individualized Treatments – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Researchers have identified a gene that suppresses tumor growth in melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. At the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Cancer Genetics Branch, Dr. Yardena Samuels explains how tumor suppressor genes work.
Samuels: Tumor suppressor genes encode proteins that normally serve as a brake on cell growth. And so when such genes are mutated or genetically altered, the break maybe lifted resulting in the runaway of cell growth known as cancer.
Narrator: Dr. Samuels adds that these findings could lay the foundation for more individualized cancer treatment strategies. For details on this study, and more about medical research, visit www.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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