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  1. Cancer Vaccine Ups Melanoma Survival

    Oct. 12, 2005 - A personalized cancer vaccine extends survival for some late-stage melanoma patients, research shows. Melanoma is very dangerous skin cancer. Advanced stage IV melanoma kills about 90% of patients within five years of diagnosis. Patients with advanced melanoma are advised to seek cli

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  2. Graying Hair Yields Skin Cancer Clue

    Dec. 23, 2004 -- Scientists now have a greater understanding of why hair turns gray with aging. The information isn't likely to lead to raven-haired grandparents. But it may point the way to new treatments for deadly skin cancer. The skin cancer known as melanoma is particularly dangerous. It is a c

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  3. Researchers Suggest Added Sign for Melanoma

    Dec. 7, 2004 -- Moles that change or evolve -- shrink, grow larger, change color, start itching or bleeding -- should be checked for possible melanoma, a new study shows. The incidence and mortality of melanoma is increasing in the U.S., according to researchers, most recently increasing from 7.5 ca

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  4. Stopping Skin Cancer With a Plant Chemical

    Oct. 19, 2004 -- Nature's treasure trove of potential cancer fighters could have another addition. A compound in the bloodroot plant may protect against skin cancer, according to a new study. Just last week, word came that a chemical in the corn lily plant might combat a type of skin cancer called b

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  5. Plant Chemical May Fight Skin Cancer

    Oct. 15, 2004 -- Could the most common kind of cancer -- basal cell skin cancer -- be defeated by a chemical in the common corn lily plant? Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) think it's possible. It's a David-and-Goliath-sized matchup. In one corner: basal cell

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  6. Gene Tied to Growth of Skin Cancer

    Sept. 1, 2004 -- Researchers have found a gene that's already linked to several other cancers may also play an important role in triggering the start and spread of the most common type of cancer among men and women: skin cancer. A new study found mice that lacked the gene, known as Stat3, were compl

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  7. Want Melanoma? Get a Tan

    Feb. 9, 2004 (Washington) -- It's rapidly climbing the charts, but this is one list you don't ever want to top: malignant melanoma. The most serious form of skin cancer is moving up through the ranks of the most common forms of cancer in the U.S., moving from the No. 6 slot in 1997, to a projected N

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  8. Photos Help People Keep Eye on Skin Moles

    Jan. 20, 2004 -- A picture may be worth more than a thousand words; one might also save your life. A new study shows that giving people a picture of their moles helps them spot potentially dangerous changes that may be an early sign of skin cancer. Pigmented moles that change in shape or have irregu

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  9. Tanning Salons Boost Skin Cancer Risk

    Oct. 16, 2003 -- There's more evidence on the hazards of tanning beds. Baking under their artificial lamps as little as once a month can boost your risk of a deadly form of skin cancer by 55% -- and the danger is even greater when done in early adulthood. A new study involving more than 106,000 Scan

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  10. Green Tea Lotion May Prevent Skin Cancer

    Sept. 8, 2003 -- New research shows that chemicals in green and black tea may be able to prevent skin cancer when applied to your skin. Eventually, these chemicals may be put into a lotion that could prevent skin cancer better than sun block alone. Zigang Dong, MD, and colleagues at the University o

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