Presented at Hot Spots in Dermatology, Turtle Bay, Kahuku, Hawaii August 22, 2015
Shane Y Morita and Svetomir N Markovic
Molecular targets in melanoma: time for ‘ethnic personalization’
Expert Rev. Anticancer Ther. 12(5), 601–608 (2012)
Abstract: Worldwide, the incidence of melanoma continues to rise. Although not the most common cutaneous malignancy, it is the most lethal. Until recently, while other oncologic patients benefited from the nuances of targeted therapy, those afflicted with melanoma lacked that option. In 2011, the US FDA approved an oral agent that targets the BRAF oncogene. As this information is promising, it is essential that other populations (in addition to Caucasians) are examined, in order to further comprehend the biology of melanoma. Recent studies profiling various ethnicities, including Asians, have provided novel data with respect to the molecular characterization (c-KIT, BRAF, NRAS) of melanoma. It is hopeful that the management of melanoma will be universally applicable to all ethnic groups.
PDF of relevant article: Morita- Melanoma