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Skin cancer: To each tumor its particularities, to each tumor its treatment

The skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is one of the most common types of cancer. 90 per cent of the population are at risk to develop it one day, notably because of their age and exposure to the sun UV-rays. Although common, this cancer is rarely fatal and has until now been little studied. But now geneticists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, sequenced the DNA of these skin tumors, in order to determine the genes that are responsible for the cancerogenesis. Their discovery of new cancer genes that cause BCC can pave the way for new treatment methods personalized for each tumor. The results can be read in Nature Genetics.

Basal Cell Carcinoma
These are examples for Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC).
Credit: © Sergey Nikolaev, UNIGE