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    1. 2 New Drugs May Treat Advanced Melanoma

      June 6, 2011 -- Two new drugs that work in very different ways are being hailed as game changers in the treatment of patients with advanced forms of the deadly skin cancer melanoma. New studies of the experimental drug vemurafenib and the newly approved drug Yervoy (ipilimumab) were published online

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    2. FDA Approves New Melanoma Treatment Yervoy

      March 25, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Bristol-Myers' Yervoy for the treatment of late-stage, metastatic melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. Yervoy (ipilimumab) is the first drug ever shown to help late-stage melanoma patients live longer. However, it does not cure the disease. "Late-stage melanoma is d

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    3. Melanoma Rates May Be Higher for the Rich

      March 21, 2011 -- Many lifestyle-related cancers disproportionately affect the poor, but new research finds the opposite to be true for the most lethal form of skin cancer: melanoma. In a California study, non-Hispanic, white teens and young women living in the most affluent neighborhoods were nearl

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    4. New Adhesive Tape Test for Melanoma

      Feb. 11, 2011 -- An experimental, noninvasive test that relies on a special adhesive tape to collect cells from suspicious skin lesions can accurately identify both early and advanced melanomas, researchers say. The test identified localized and invasive melanomas 100% of the time, with a 12% rate o

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    5. Low Vitamin D Levels for Skin Cancer Patients

      Oct. 18, 2010 -- Protecting your skin from the sun to help prevent skin cancer may have an unhealthy side effect: vitamin D deficiency. A new study shows vitamin D deficiency is increasingly common among people with a genetic predisposition to sun-related skin cancers known as basal cell nevus syndr

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    6. New Drug May Treat Advanced Melanoma

      Aug. 25, 2010 -- It's no cure, and it works only for about half of melanoma patients, but a new drug extends progression-free survival in patients dying of advanced melanoma. The vast majority of patients with advanced, metastatic melanoma gain only a few months extra survival from standard treatmen

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    7. New Drug Extends Lives of Melanoma Patients

      June 7, 2010 (Chicago) -- A new drug that revs up the immune system to attack cancer cells extended the lives of people with advanced melanoma by an average of nearly four months in late-stage testing. That may not sound like much, but given that "average survival [for metastatic melanoma] is six to

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    8. Tanning Beds Triple Melanoma Risk

      May 27, 2010 -- Regular use of tanning beds triples or even quadruples the risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, new research finds. The study is the largest of its kind to examine whether indoor tanning causes skin cancer, and it comes as federal regulators are consideri

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    9. Sun Exposure While Driving Linked to Cancer

      May 14, 2010 -- The sunlight that comes into the driver's side of cars in the U.S. may contribute to the development of skin cancers on the left side of the face and body, a new study shows. Researchers examined the records of 1,047 patients referred to a skin cancer unit at Saint Louis University S

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    10. Epidemic of Skin Cancer in the U.S.?

      March 16, 2010 -- When people think about skin cancer, often it’s melanoma, the deadliest form, that comes to mind. But a new study suggests that nonmelanoma skin cancers, already the most common form of cancer in the United States, appear to be on the rise. From 1992 to 2006, cases of nonmelanoma s

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