To the Editor.—
"Familial incidence of malignant melanoma has been rarely commented on in the literature." Cawley1 reported its occurrence in a father, son, and daughter. Anderson2 added 22 examples to 63 cases previously reported. Bowen3 reported two successive generations suffering from malignant melanoma of the eye. Petersen4 in a review of 220 cases noted that a familial history was very rare and cited only two examples in his series, one in a father and daughter and the other one in a brother and sister.We are not aware of reference to its contemporaneous occurrence in a husband and wife.
The wife, aged 41 years, the mother of six children, one of whom was partially blind from congenital bilateral glaucoma, had a malignant mole removed from her right lower leg in August 1967. The mole had been removed at the insistence of her husband
Robertson MG. Malignant Melanoma in Husband and Wife. JAMA. 1971;217(11):1553. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190110071027
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