By Henry T. Lynch

The writing of this monograph was once motivated at the one hand via event received within the examine of "cancer families", and at the different, by way of the widespread puzzled and bewildered reviews made via a variety of physicians who've expressed amaze­ ment that shall we imagine that "cancer is hereditary". In reviewing the realm literature it grew to become instantly obvious that no compendium with regards to melanoma genetics was once to be had to the general practitioner or examine scientist. for this reason this monograph has been written for the next purposes: 1) to light up the matter when you could have ignored or overlooked the proof aiding a genetic etiology for sure malignant neoplasms; 2) to provide important details to all training physicians concerning genetic hazards to their sufferers; and three) to supply new concepts at the topic to be used by way of melanoma investigators. ultimately, our paramount desire is that info gleaned during the analyzing of this monograph could give a contribution to the early dia gnosis of melanoma in contributors of excessive possibility "cancer families".

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1 The frequency of colorectal cancer increases striking Iy over 40 to 50 years of ag/ and the lesion is more frequent in men than in women. 1 There appears to be an increased occurrence of other colonic multiple primary malignant neaplasms associated with colon carcinoma. 53 This relationship was striking in the study of "cancer fami lies" • 35 Undoubtedly countless deaths from this malignancy could be prevented since over fifty per cent of the tumors arise in the rectosigmoid area, weil within reach of the digital finger and the proctosigmoidoscope.

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