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    1. New Drug Shrinks Skin Cancer Tumors

      Sept. 23, 2009 (Berlin) -- An experimental drug appears to dramatically and rapidly shrink deadly skin cancer tumors, researchers report. Tumors shrank in 17 of 27 patients with advanced melanoma given the new pill, known as PLX4032. In two patients, the tumors completely disappeared. The results ar

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    2. Vaccine Fights Melanoma

      June 1, 2009 (Orlando) -- For the first time, a vaccine that trains the immune system to seek out and attack cancer cells has been shown to shrink tumors in people with melanoma. In a study of 185 melanoma patients, the experimental vaccine also extended the time that people remained free of cancer.

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    3. Melanoma Detection: Waiting Is Risky for Men

      April 20, 2009 -- Melanomas detected in older men by a doctor are more likely to be treatable, according to a new study. But many men may be waiting too long before seeing a doctor about suspicious moles. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. But less than a third of melanomas are first det

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    4. No Link Between Cell Phone, Eye Cancer

      Jan. 13, 2009 -- Talking on your cell phone does not increase your chances of getting melanoma of the eye, according to a new study. The findings override an earlier report that linked the use of mobile phones with this type of cancer, according to researchers. The latest study is published in the J

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    5. Melanoma Increase Is Real

      Jan. 8, 2009 -- The increase in the potentially deadly skin cancer melanoma that has occurred over the last several decades can't be linked just to better screening and earlier detection of the cancer, according to a new study. For years, experts have debated whether the dramatic rise in melanoma --

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    6. Odor Test Sniffs Out Skin Cancer

      Aug. 20, 2008 -- Dogs can sniff out a person with skin cancer -- and so might an "electronic nose," Monell Chemical Senses researchers say. Skin cancer has a distinct "odor profile," report Michelle Gallagher, PhD, George Preti, PhD, and colleagues. The skin gives off organic chemicals, many of whic

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    7. Moisturizers Up Skin Cancer in Mice

      Aug. 14, 2008 -- Four commonly used moisturizers promoted skin cancers in mouse studies. Mice are not men. But the unexpected finding suggests that these -- and perhaps other products -- may not be as safe as they're thought to be. The moisturizers tested in the study were Dermabase, Dermovan (a who

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    8. McCain Has Growth Removed From Face

      July 28, 2008 -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain downplayed the removal of a growth from his upper right cheek Monday, saying that his dermatologist is not worried, according to media reports. "This morning, as part of his commitment to monitor his dermatological health on a regular ba

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    9. More Young Women Get Skin Cancer

      July 10, 2008 -- A new data review suggests that melanoma is on the rise among young women, but not among young men. Researchers looked at data from women aged 15 to 39. The team, led by Mark Purdue of the National Institutes of Health, examined data from a network of cancer registries across the U.

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    10. Man's Melanoma Thwarted by Immune Fix

      June 19, 2008 -- Melanoma researchers may have saved a patient's life with an experimental immune system treatment that used the patient's own cells. That patient was a 52-year-old man with recurrent melanoma that had spread to a lung and to a groin lymph node. After getting the experimental treatme

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