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Genome-wide meta-analysis identifies eight new susceptibility loci for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is one of the most common cancers in the United States. Previous genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified 14 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with cutaneous SCC. Here, we report the largest cutaneous SCC meta-analysis to date, representing six international cohorts and totaling 19,149 SCC cases and 680,049 controls. We discover eight novel loci associated with SCC, confirm all previously associated loci, and perform fine mapping of causal variants. The novel SNPs occur within skin-specific regulatory elements and implicate loci involved in cancer development, immune regulation, and keratinocyte differentiation in SCC susceptibility.

Authors: Sarin KY; Wu W; Asgari MM; Han J; et al.

Nat Commun. 2020 Feb 10;11(1):820. Epub 2020-02-10.

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