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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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