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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Tanning: Cancer Cause on 'Covered' Skin?

    July 22, 2003 -- Each year, some 250,000 Americans are diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, the nation's second most common form of skin cancer that typically occurs on the face, ears, and other parts of the body routinely exposed to damaging ultraviolet rays. But in tracking this type of skin ca

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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