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Many People Are Forgetting To Use Sunscreen On Areas At Risk Of Skin Cancer

Most people usually skip the eyelids when putting on sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF. When in truth, it is one of the areas of the body most prone to skin cancer.

Public Health April 8, 2019

Experimental Blood Test Can Detect Early Stages Of Melanoma Skin Cancer

Australian scientists developed a blood test that can detect melanoma early and can potentially save thousands of lives. What makes it different and more efficient than current tests for diagnosing skin cancer?

Public Health July 21, 2018

Woman Suffering From A Migraine Discovers She Has A Brain Tumor And Only 24 Hours To Live

A woman was given only 24 hours to live after doctors discovered a 2.2cm tumor in her brain. The woman claimed she went to the doctors because of a severe headache she thought was a migraine.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 25, 2018

Melanoma On The Rise Among Young Women: Factors That Can Increase Your Risk For Skin Cancer

Melanoma is now the second most common form of cancer in women between 15 and 29 years old. Here are some factors that can up a person's odds for sun damage and skin cancer.

Public Health May 12, 2018

Experts Say Melanoma Likely To Affect 91,000 This Year: Here’s How You Can Protect Your Skin

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Everyone is encouraged to have a self-examination for signs of the melanoma, the most dangerous of all skin cancers.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 8, 2018

Common Skin Bacteria Produces Chemical That Can Help Prevent Cancer

A strain of bacteria that commonly lives on the human skin produces 6-HAP that can kill cancer cells without harming other cells. About 20 percent of healthy humans have 6-HAP-producing Staphylococcus epidermidis.

Public Health February 28, 2018

Researchers Find Novel Way Of Detecting Skin Cancer From Gene-Based Blood Tests

Researchers have developed new blood tests to aid in the identification of signs for recurring metastatic melanoma. Currently, the tests are available for research purposes, but would become available in clinics in the near future.

Public Health April 4, 2017

Smartphones Could Soon Be The First Step To Diagnosing Skin Cancer

Computer scientists from Stanford University set out to produce an AI-driven algorithm for skin cancer, making a database of almost 130,000 skin disease images. They trained the algorithm to visually diagnose cancers like melanoma.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 26, 2017

Melanoma Mutation Found To Thrive On Fat, Not Glucose

More than 60 percent of melanoma cases are due to a mutation called BRAF V600E. According to researchers, the mutation particularly thrives on fat, taking a different route that other cancer mutations usually take for growth and development.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 17, 2017

Skin Cancer Treatment 2017: New Chemical Compound Promises To Stop Spread Of 90 Percent Of Melanoma Cells

Researchers from Michigan State University have developed a new chemical compound capable of stopping the spread of melanoma. The drug has been shown to curb the spread of up to 90 percent of malignant cells.

Medicine January 6, 2017

Melanoma Cases, Deaths Down In Northeast States, Says Study

New research analyzing the incidence of melanoma cases within the United States from 2003 to 2013 reveals disparities among states and regions. Awareness programs would be among the most effective means of preventing this type of cancer.

Public Health December 29, 2016

Researchers Develop Vaccine Nanodiscs To Deliver Personalized Treatment For Colon Cancer, Melanoma

A personalized treatment for melanoma and colon cancer using vaccine nanodiscs has been devised by a group of researchers at the University of Michigan. The investigators achieved success not only in killing melanoma and colon cancer tumors in mice but also in preventing any future recurrence of the cancers.

Biotech December 29, 2016

Incidence, Death Rates On The Rise For Melanoma: Study

In a dramatic increase since 2009, 1 in 54 people is expected to develop a dangerous form of melanoma, which may be lethal in some cases. Lifestyle choices may be a factor in this increase.

Public Health December 24, 2016

White Wine May Be Increasing Your Risks Of Cancer

White wine could contribute to developing melanomas in body parts that are less exposed to sun, according to new research. The implications of these findings have to be further analyzed, however.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 7, 2016

FDA Warns Against Ovarian Cancer Screening Tests: What Factors Determine Women’s Risk Levels For The Disease?

The FDA has warned women and physicians not to rely on commercially available screening tests for detecting ovarian cancer. Women with a family history of ovarian cancer as well as gene mutation are strictly advised not to use the tests for screening.

Public Health September 12, 2016

Tel Aviv Scientists Make Melanoma Breakthrough That Can Block Spread Of Skin Cancer

Researchers have uncovered the mechanism of how melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, spreads to other organs in the body. They were also able to identify substances that can revolutionize treatment of this fatal disease.

Medicine August 24, 2016

Genes That Cause Red Hair And Freckles Increase Skin Cancer Risk

People who have red hair as well as freckled and pale skin have increased risk for skin cancer. A study that examined tumor DNA sequences revealed why redheads should be extra cautious of the sun.

Public Health July 12, 2016

Skin Cancer Rate Among Over 55s Spikes As 'Sun, Sea And Sangria Generation' Seeks The Sun

The older generation is paying the price for their sun-filled holidays years ago. Skin cancer rates among people aged 55 and above spiked dramatically in the past 20 years.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 1, 2016

Immunotherapy Drug Combo Eliminates 20 Percent Of Tumors

A powerful drug combo eliminates 20 percent of tumors among advanced melanoma patients and increases the two-year survival rates. The combination of ipilimumab and nivolumab can be beneficial but further study is needed to address the side effects.

Life April 20, 2016

SPF30 Sunscreens Significantly Lowers Your Melanoma Risk

Researchers from the Ohio State University found that sunscreens with SPF30 can help protect the skin not only against sunburns but melanoma as well. These products effectively prevented the growth of skin tumors on mice models developed by the Ohio State University.

Life April 19, 2016

Immunotherapy Drug Nivolumab Increases Survival Rate Of Melanoma Patients By Up To Five Years

Nivolumab was shown to increase the five-year survival rate of patients with melanoma. The immunotherapy drug showed this promising result during its phase I clinical trial.

Life April 19, 2016

New Zealand Overtakes Australia As Country With Worse Rate For Invasive Melanoma

New Zealand now has the highest invasive melanoma rates in the world. The Kiwis have overtaken Australians, a study has found. Unfortunately, the skin cancer rates in New Zealand are expected to get worse.

Life March 30, 2016

Former US President Jimmy Carter No Longer Needs Treatment For Melanoma

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced that he no longer needs to receive treatment for melanoma. His doctors determined that he does not need to take his cancer medicine anymore following an MRI scan that lasted for more than two hours.

Life March 7, 2016

Melanoma And Indoor Tanning: Teens Who Use Tanning Beds More Likely To Develop Skin Cancer Before Age 40

Women who used tanning beds when they were teenagers are at risk for early onset of melanoma. Experts said that restricting indoor tanning can help combat the rising incidence of skin cancer.

Life January 28, 2016

UK Green-Lights New Drug For Advanced Skin Cancer

UK's National Health Service - through the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - has approved drug Opdivo for use in skin cancer. The drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb has been deemed as a potential key tool in the lineup of therapies against advanced skin cancer.

Life January 23, 2016

Ill Soldier Blames Army Not Issuing Sun Cream For His Skin Cancer

Lee Hall, who formerly served in the British Armed Forces, claimed that his skin cancer was caused by the Army not issuing sun cream. He was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma back in December 2014.

Life January 22, 2016

Skin Cancer Five Times Deadlier When Caught During Pregnancy

A new study found that melanoma is five times deadlier in pregnant women. The recurrence and metastatic rates of this most fatal type of skin cancer also increased more during pregnancy.

Life January 21, 2016

World-First Melanoma Research Aims To Develop Personalized Skin Cancer Treatment

A world-first personalized treatment will determine whether a melanoma patient is resistant to radiation therapy before undergoing it. This type of skin cancer is highly prevalent in the country among Queensland's youth.

Life January 8, 2016

FDA Wants To Ban Indoor Tanning For Children Under 18 To Fight Cancer

Indoor tanning for children aged 18 years old and below will now be prohibited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce the risks of skin cancer. The FDA also proposed new rules to improve the safety of the activity.

Life December 19, 2015

Pregnant Woman With Cancer Who Put Off Treatment To Save Unborn Baby Dies After Giving Birth

A mother who decided to delay her cancer treatment until after giving birth, died days after delivery. She opted to wait until she can deliver her daughter even if it meant risking her own life.

Life December 15, 2015

Medical Experts Unsure Of Safety, Effectiveness Of Full-Body Skin Cancer Screening

Experts from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced that they were unable to provide a complete report on the effectiveness of full-body visual screening in preventing skin cancer deaths. They instead opted not to deliver any recommendations in favor or against regarding the practice.

Life December 12, 2015

Jimmy Carter Credits Cancer Drug Keytruda For Vanishing His Brain Tumors

Former President Jimmy Carter credited Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) in shrinking cancer tumors in his brain. In his recent scan, it revealed his tumors shrank entirely.

Life December 8, 2015

Former President Jimmy Carter Says He Has No Signs Of Cancer

New MRI brain scan results of Jimmy Carter showed no signs of cancer. The former president announced the good news at a Sunday school, where the people applauded and celebrated.

Life December 7, 2015

Genetic Tests Establish How Exposure To Sunlight Mutates Moles To Melanoma

A new study clarifies the fact that sunlight exposure can turn non-cancerous moles into malignant ones. Genetic testing provided information on genetic mutations that happen on benign skin lesions as it progresses into melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer.

Life November 17, 2015

Don’t Blame The Beach For Skin Cancer: Activities Done At Home Pose More Melanoma Risks

Sunburn is tied to increased risks for skin cancer but only 29 percent of adults in Australia got sunburned while they were at the beach. Fifty percent had sunburn while doing chores and recreational activities at home.

Life November 16, 2015

FDA Gives Approval To Amgen Melanoma Drug That Uses Herpes Virus To Fight Cancer

Amgen's Melanoma drug made history as the first drug of its kind to get an FDA approval. The drug uses a genetically engineered herpes virus to attack tumors using an immune system compound.

Life October 28, 2015

Amgen's Virus-Based Cancer Drug Wins Green Light From EU Regulators

Drug regulators from the European Medicines Agency have issued a recommendation for the approval of Amgen's virus-based cancer treatment, T-Vec. If approved by the European Commission, T-Vec would become the first drug in a class of novel agents called oncolytic immunotherapies.

Life October 24, 2015

Number Of Moles On Right Arm Could Predict Skin Cancer Risk

An estimated 20 to 40 percent of melanoma cases are believed to stem from preexisting moles, with more than 100 moles considered a “strong predictor” of disease risk. A higher risk of skin cancer may manifest in persons with more than 11 moles on the right arm.

Life October 19, 2015

Antioxidant Supplements Can Cause Cancer Cells To Spread Faster: Study

Nutritional supplements that contain antioxidants have the ability to increase the spread of malignant melanoma cells. Mice exposed to antioxidants developed additional and more aggressive cancers compared to their primary tumor.

Life October 12, 2015

FDA Greenlights Bristol-Myers' Drug Combo For Melanoma Treatment

Bristol-Myers has announced that the FDA finally bestowed them the green light for their melanoma drug combo. With this, patients may soon have a new treatment option to improve their clinical outcomes.

Life October 3, 2015

People With Fewer Moles At Risk Of Developing Aggressive Form Of Skin Cancer

Previously, having a lot of moles is a commonly known risk of melanoma. However, a new study also reveals that having fewer moles is linked with a more aggressive type of the disease.

Life August 24, 2015

People Who Have Undergone Organ Transplants Are More Susceptible To Skin Cancer: Study

A new study suggests that people who undergo organ transplants are twice as likely to contract aggressive and advanced forms of melanoma, and three times as likely to die from the same disease than people who do not undergo the invasive procedure.

Life August 14, 2015

Sunburn Art Is The Latest Trend But Doctors Aren't Happy

A new trend of creating skin art with intentional sunburns poses the danger of skin cancer, dermatologists warn. 'Sunburn art' is becoming a social media trend.

Life July 7, 2015

Experts Cautioning Against New Sunburn Art Trend: May Cause Cancer

The Skin Cancer Foundation and other skin care organizations in the United States have cautioned the public regarding the growing practice of sunburn art in the country. Experts believe this could lead to an increased risk for skin aging and the deadliest form of skin cancer known as melanoma.

Life July 3, 2015

Tanning Salons Still Popular But Increasing Cancer Rate Has Caused Measurable Decline

Experts conducted a survey and noticed a decline in the use of indoor tanning among men and women in America. The US government is continuing to launch campaigns against indoor taning, urging mothers to kepp their daughters away from tanning salons.

Life July 3, 2015

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