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December 1999

Clinical Characteristics of 20 Italian Melanoma-Prone Families

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Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(12):1554-1555. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-12-dlt1299

The incidence and mortality rates of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) are dramatically increasing worldwide,1 particularly in Europe.2 About 10% of CMM cases arise in a familial setting, where there are at least 2 CMM cases in first-degree relatives (melanoma-prone families).3 Most data on familial melanoma derive from countries where fair skin type predominates. Herein, we present clinical data on 20 melanoma-prone kindreds with mainly dark complexion.

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