Read about different genes that are linked to hereditary cancer, their associated risks and guidelines for screening, preventing and treating cancers in people with inherited mutations in these genes.
Risk management for people with inherited CDK4 mutations
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) provides risk management guidelines for men and women with CDK4 mutations. We recommend that you speak with a genetics expert who can look at your personal and family history of cancer and can help you determine the best risk management plan. You can learn more about risk management options in our section on Screening and Risk Reduction by Cancer Type.
Melanoma screening and prevention
- Perform regular self-exams to look for skin changes. Have a friend or family member help with hard to see areas of the body.
- Watch moles closely for any signs of change in shape, size, or color.
- Dermatologists may take pictures of the skin and moles, known as mole mapping, or view moles with a hand-held device known as a dermatoscope. Any suspicious moles or other skin changes should be removed by a doctor so the tissue can be analyzed under a microscope.
- Due to the high risk of multiple melanomas, people with familial melanoma and/or CDK4 gene mutations should avoid sun exposure and take steps to protect themselves when outdoors.
- Children in families that have familial melanoma and/or CDK4 gene mutations should begin screening by age 10.
- In people that have had melanoma, thorough skin exams should be performed every 3 to 6 months by a dermatologist.
FORCE offers many peer support programs for people with inherited mutations.
- Our Message Boards allow people to connect with others who share their situation. Once registered, you can post on the Diagnosed With Cancer board to connect with other people who have been diagnosed.
- Our Peer Navigation Program will match you with a volunteer who shares your mutation and situation.
- Our moderated, private Facebook group allows you to connect with other community members 24/7.
- Check out our virtual and in-person support meeting calendar.
- Join one of our Zoom community group meetings.