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  1. Sunscreen Prevents Precancerous Spots

    April 21, 2003 - Applying sunscreen every day rather than only on sunny ones makes a big difference when it comes to fighting the first signs of skin cancer. A new study shows that daily use of sunscreen is much more effective than sporadic use in preventing precancerous skin growths called solar ke

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  2. Skin Cancer Gene Discovered

    April 21, 2003 -- The gene for malignant melanoma -- the most aggressive, deadly form of skin cancer -- has been identified. The finding provides "compelling evidence" that could lead to better treatments, says the study author. The biggest problem in treating malignant melanoma has been the difficu

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  3. Sunburn Not Necessary for Skin Cancer

    Feb. 14, 2003 -- You can predict your child's risk of developing melanoma -- just count the number of moles you have on your arms. And researchers have also found that even a moderate amount of sun exposure during childhood -- no sunburn required -- significantly ups the risk of melanoma, the deadli

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  4. That Golden Tan Can Be Deadly, No Matter How You Get It

    June 6, 2001 -- More than one million people in the United States visit tanning salons each day, and many do so in the belief that it is safer to seek that golden tan indoors than out. It is a message that the $2 billion-a-year indoor tanning industry promotes -- and medical groups abhor. Now a new

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  5. Study Highlights Effectiveness of Skin Cancer Drug

    April 27, 2001 -- For most people, staying out of the sun is the best way to prevent skin cancer. But for those who have already developed the disease, there is good news. A drug for the treatment of melanoma -- the deadliest form of skin cancer -- has been shown to be extremely effective when used

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  6. Hey Guys, Don't Forget the Sunscreen

    April 26, 2001 (New York) -- The deadly skin cancer melanoma is three times more common among men aged 50 and older than in all other groups, a new finding that may partially explain the startling increase in rates of melanoma in the U.S. Why? Well, that's a good question, says a panel of experts sp

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  7. Drink Tea -- Your Skin May Thank You for It Later

    April 5, 2001 -- Whether you enjoy a glass of tea or not, your skin may appreciate its medicinal effects. That's right. Researchers are investigating the natural properties of caffeine in tea to keep sun-damaged skin from becoming skin cancer. Another group of scientists has developed an artificial

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  8. Help Available for Depression Triggered by Interferon

    March 29, 2001 -- For some people with hepatitis, certain cancers, and multiple sclerosis, drugs designed to extend life also can spoil its quality. Interferon alpha, a drug used to fight these diseases, can cause a crippling depression. New research now shows that taking an antidepressant for a few

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  9. Herpes Virus Shows Early Promise for Advanced Skin Cancer

    Feb. 15, 2001 -- When it causes a cold sore, the herpes simplex virus can be downright annoying. But when it's delivered to tumors, HSV could possibly be a lifesaver, suggest Scottish researchers in the Feb. 17 issue of The Lancet. Rona M. MacKie, MD, and colleagues report that in three of five pati

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  10. President Has Cancerous Skin Growth Removed

    Jan. 16, 2001 (Washington) -- The man known to many as "The Comeback Kid" and described as "lucky in his choice of enemies" has shown that both of these phrases apply to his health, too. The White House confirmed that a lesion, or sore, was discovered Friday during a regular physical examination at

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