Genetics may affect melanoma risk

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.

Researchers at Cleveland Clinic discovered genetics can also play a role.

"What we found was that one in six people who have melanoma and other cancers running in their family have a hereditary predisposition to melanoma and other cancers," said Dr. Pauline Funchan with Cleveland Clinic.

Based on the results, it’s encouraged for those with melanoma to get genetic testing done. Genetic testing examines your DNA and determines whether you could be at risk for certain cancers. That information can help doctors develop a prevention plan.

Researchers say they plan to look further at genetic factors that can cause melanoma.