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  1. FDA Approves New Drug to Combat Melanoma

    THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Advocates for melanoma research are applauding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval on Thursday of a new drug to treat advanced melanoma. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is approved for treatment of patients with advanced melanoma that no longer respo

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  2. Pilots May Face Higher Risk of Skin Cancer

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Airline pilots and flight crews may face as much as twice the risk of the type of skin cancer known as melanoma compared with the general population, according to a new analysis of existing research. However, it's not c

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  3. Light Therapy for Pre-Cancerous Skin Lesions

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treating pre-cancerous skin spots with a type of light therapy may be more effective than the usual therapy -- freezing the lesions with liquid nitrogen, a new study suggests. Rough, scaly spots, called actinic kerato

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  4. High-Risk Melanomas Often on Head or Neck

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The speed at which cancer cells grow may help doctors diagnose and treat the most aggressive melanomas, researchers say. Using this measure, investigators have found that the deadliest skin cancers occur most often on

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  5. Painful, Itchy Patches Could Be Sign of Skin Cancer

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Painful or itchy skin lesions could be a warning sign of skin cancer, researchers report. "Patients sometimes have multiple lesions that are suspicious looking, and those that are itchy or painful should raise high conc

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  6. Stay Safe in the Sun After Skin Cancer

    If you've had skin cancer, you don't need to stay indoors and read a book while everyone else is out riding a bike or at a ball game. You do need to be extra careful in the sun, though.  "We want to encourage a healthy lifestyle," says Lisa Chipps, MD, director of dermatologic surgery at Harbor-UCLA

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  7. Skin Cancer in People of Color

    As a person of color, you might question whether skin cancer ought to be one of your top health concerns. If you're African-American, you may not even think you can get  skin cancer. But you’d be surprised. "Anyone can get skin cancer," says Lisa Chipps, MD, director of dermatologic surgery at Harbo

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  8. Melanoma Drug Trials Show Significant Promise

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A relatively new drug appears effective in boosting survival for patients battling advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, according to a pair of preliminary studies. The drug Yervoy (ipilimumab) "takes the

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  9. Bad Sunburns While Young and Melanoma Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- White women who get five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 have an 80 percent increased risk for melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer, new study findings indicate. Researchers also

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  10. Drug Shows Early Promise for Advanced Melanoma

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental cancer drug that activates the immune system has shown early promise for advanced cases of melanoma skin cancer, researchers report. The findings come from an early stage trial of just 31 patients. But expert

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