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Study: Family history links skin cancer

October 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two new studies show that your family history could affect your chances of getting skin cancer.Researchers in Australia found that having an identical twin with melanoma increased a person's risk of developing the disease almost 10 times when compared to people with a fraternal twin.

The second study out of UCLA found that people were more likely to develop different types of non-melanoma skin cancers if they had a sibling or a parent with similar types of the disease.

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