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  1. 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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  2. Melanoma Death Risk Higher for Men Living Alone?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men who live alone may face an increased risk of dying from melanoma skin cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed the risk of dying from melanoma among more than 27,000 people in Sweden who were diagnosed with t

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  3. Warning About Skin Cancer 'Treatments' Sold Online

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of patients with skin cancer or moles who self-medicate with alternative "treatments" they find online are courting danger, new research contends. The finding is based on an analysis of past cases in which

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  4. Experimental Drug Helps Body Fight Melanoma

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug that harnesses the power of the body's immune system to fight cancer has helped some patients with advanced melanoma keep their disease in check for several years, a new study indicates. Researchers t

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  5. Video Improves Skin Cancer Diagnoses in Older Men?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WENESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving older men an instructional video about skin awareness and self-examination might lead to increased detection of skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers divided more than 900 men, aged 50 and older, into

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  6. Lymph Node Test a Good Strategy for Melanoma: Study

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Testing a key lymph node in patients with the most dangerous form of skin cancer is the best approach to determine if the cancer has spread, new late-stage clinical research indicates. The test could significantly imp

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  7. Mekinist Plus Tafinlar Approved for Late-Stage Melanoma

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Mekinist for use with another drug, Tafinlar, to treat advanced melanoma that is spreading or cannot be removed by surgery. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin

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  8. Skin Cancer Patients Not Avoiding Sun: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with melanoma aren't cautious about sun exposure, a small new study suggests, even though ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is a major cause of skin cancer. Researchers looked at 20 patients with malignant me

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  9. Getting to Root of Redheads' Higher Melanoma Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that natural redheads are at higher odds for deadly melanoma skin cancer, and new research in mice may help explain why. Researchers at Harvard Medical School say the genetic mutation responsible for red hair a

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  10. Pictures May Help Encourage Skin Cancer Self-Exams

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Pictures can make a strong impression: People who see images of skin cancer are more likely to do skin examinations, according to a new study. An evidence review concluded that people who saw pictures of skin cancer were motivate

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