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Does intraocular melanoma run in families?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The risk for intraocular melanoma does not necessarily run in families. Though other types of melanoma may be influenced by family history, intraocular melanoma does not seem to be passed down through genes specifically. However, other genetic risk factors, such as fair skin and blue eyes, do tend to run in families. In that sense, family history may indirectly increase your risk.

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