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    1. Home Remedy For Skin Cancer May Cause Damage

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the promise of an "easy and natural" treatment for skin cancer, home remedies such as black salve can actually make things worse, new research shows. People use black salve with the hope that it will remove

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    2. Melanoma Drug Boosting Survival for Many

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug for advanced melanoma is dramatically shifting the odds in favor of patients, extending survival for many and even curing some. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) helped keep four in 10 patients with advanced melanoma

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    3. Study Finds 4 in 10 Sunscreens Fall Short on SPF

      May 17, 2016 -- More than 40% of sunscreens tested by Consumer Reports experts don't live up to their SPF claims, according to the organization's annual report on the products. Twenty-eight of the sunscreens did not deliver the promised SPF level, says Trisha Calvo, CR's deputy editor of health and

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    4. Your Car Window May Be Harming Your Skin, Eyes

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The front windshield of your car probably shields you from the sun's UV-A rays as you drive, but the same may not be true for side windows, a new study finds. Experts have long known that prolonged exposure to ult

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    5. Drug Promising Against Rare Skin Cancer

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A newer drug that boosts the immune system's ability to kill tumor cells may help people with a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer, a preliminary study suggests. The intravenous drug, marketed as Keytruda, is already used

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    6. Drug Seems to Extend Advanced Melanoma Survival

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of advanced melanoma patients were still alive five years after starting therapy with the cancer drug nivolumab (Opdivo), researchers are reporting. "In 2012, we saw some very promising early evidenc

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    7. Gene May Raise Melanoma Risk, Even Without Sun

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study hints that genetics could play a role in the development of melanoma even if people don't get a lot of sunburns. But some U.S. experts say people shouldn't take this news as an excuse to bake themselves in t

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    8. Link Between Many Moles, Melanoma Risk Questioned

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's commonly thought that people with many moles may be at heightened risk for skin cancer, including melanoma. But a new study found that patients with melanoma skin cancer often had few moles, and no abnormal moles.

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    9. Are We Winning the Fight Against Melanoma?

      Jan. 11, 2016 -- When former President Jimmy Carter announced late last year that his advanced melanoma appeared to be in remission, family and followers of the 91-year-old humanitarian were overjoyed. Some said it seemed nothing short of a miracle, since the skin cancer is often deadly in its advan

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    10. Suspicious Pigment Spots More Common on Dark Skin

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with darker skin are about one-third more likely to have potentially dangerous pigment "spots" on their palms and soles, a new study finds. In rare cases, these "acral pigmented lesions" turn out to be melanoma skin

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