Risks of cancers related to smoking in families with CDKN2A mutations


High risk of tobacco-related cancers in CDKN2A mutation-positive melanoma families.

Two research groups within GenoMEL have looked at the risk of cancers other than melanoma in families with inherited mutations in the p16 or CDKN2A gene: a group in Stockholm Sweden and another in Leiden, the Netherlands.

We have added a summary of the paper published by the Stockholm group in to the Plain Language Summaries section of the web site which is to be found in the Information for Patients. Both the Swedish and Dutch research groups showed that mutation carriers were at very significantly increased risk of smoking related cancers compared with people without the mutation.

Whilst these studies were conducted in two countries only it seems very important to advise families with mutations in this gene, that it is very important that they do not smoke tobacco,