Peter J. Heenan

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To evaluate the timing of mutations in BRAF (v-raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1) during melanocytic neoplasia, we carried out mutation analysis on microdissected melanoma and nevi samples. We observed mutations resulting in the V599E amino-acid substitution in 41 of 60 (68%) melanoma metastases, 4 of 5 (80%) primary melanomas and, unexpectedly,(More)
Our report deals with the relationship of pattern and timing of sun exposure to basal cell carcinoma (BCC) in a population-based case-control study conducted in Western Australia in 1988. The main measure of intermittent exposure was based on the amount of exposure on non-working days relative to that over the whole week. Outdoor recreational activities,(More)
We conducted a case-control study of sun exposure and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin within a population-based, longitudinal study of skin cancer. Cases had histopathologically confirmed SCC. Subjects were interviewed about their lifetime sun exposure, including exposure to the site of the SCC (sites for controls were assigned randomly). Analysis(More)
BACKGROUND Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an uncommon but aggressive cutaneous skin cancer. Even with the appropriate treatment, MCC is prone to recurrence, and metastases are common. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation has been suggested as contributing towards the development of MCC. MCC has not been extensively investigated in Australia, even though(More)
Several reports demonstrated the difficulties and lack of agreement in the histopathologic diagnosis of particular melanocytic tumors (atypical Spitz tumors, atypical blue nevi, deep penetrating nevi). These lesions are often referred to as "melanocytic tumors of uncertain malignant potential" (MELTUMP). We studied a large number of such tumors to find out(More)
The roles of exogenous sex hormones and reproductive factors in the causation of malignant melanoma of the skin in women were examined in a case-control study of 276 patients and 276 matched controls in Western Australia. There was no consistent evidence of a relationship between the incidence rates of different histogenetic types of melanoma and age at(More)
The roles of ethnic origin, pigmentary traits, sun sensitivity and other cutaneous characteristics as risk factors for basal-cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous-cell carcinoma (SCC) were examined in a case-control study of prevalent and incident cases of histopathologically confirmed skin cancers. Two hundred and twenty six confirmed cases of BCC, 45 of SCC(More)
We conducted a case-control study of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin (SCC) in a cohort of people followed from 1987 to 1994. Subjects were residents of Geraldton, Western Australia, who were between 40 and 64 years of age in 1987. On 2 occasions, in 1987 and 1992, dermatologists examined participants for skin cancers. Subjects were also asked on several(More)
The clinical and histological features of 171 atypical fibroxanthomas (AFX) from a single institution in Western Australia are outlined. This area experiences high levels of solar radiation, and all assessable biopsies showed solar elastosis. Patients were aged between 41 and 97 years (median age 74), with 76% of tumors occurring in men (male to female(More)