Melanoma Genetics, Risk and Prevention, Prognosis and Treatment
Professor Nick Hayward has dedicated his career to understanding the genetics and genomics of melanoma for over 30 years. Part of this involves identifying the heritable variations in DNA that may increase an individual’s chance of developing melanoma, as well as mutations that can occur to DNA over a lifetime, such as those caused by Ultra Violet (UV) radiation exposure from the sun.
Understanding both of these aspects is important for (a) identifying and informing individuals and families of their increased risk of developing melanoma, (b) implementing prevention strategies by ensuring close monitoring and early detection, and (c) employing new treatment strategies to improve survival for late-stage disease in instances where the melanoma has spread (metastasised) to other parts of the body.
'Understanding the combination of genetic, family, individual and functional studies will lead to better patient outcomes by providing better screening and prevention methods, alongside the identification and development of new treatment approaches.'