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  1. Experts Seek a Melanoma Miracle

    Aug. 8, 2000 (Nashville) -- Members of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) gathered here last week to learn about the vast array of research being conducted around the world on the detection, prevention, and treatment of melanoma. But the sobering news, according to Darrell S. Rigel, MD, past

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  2. Signs of Skin Cancer Are Too Often Ignored

    July 18, 2000 -- Although we live in our skin 24 hours a day, experts say most of us don't pay as much attention to it as we should, particularly in noticing slight changes that could signal melanoma, a potentially deadly skin cancer. "It seems intuitive that people would examine their skin, but the

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  3. FDA Prepares to Limit Use of Sunlamps

    June 21, 2000 (Washington) -- After reports of a melanoma "epidemic" and some tanning salon owners' failure to follow established guidelines, FDA officials said Wednesday they will pursue implementation of a rule that could provide more consumer protections from the dangers posed by sunlamps. The st

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  4. People at Risk for Skin Cancer Are Good at Spotting Mole Changes

    May 17, 2000 -- Three-quarters of people at high-risk for a fatal form of skin cancer were able to detect increases in the size of moles on their back by doing skin self-examinations, Canadian researchers report in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. One of the first

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  5. More Sun Equals More Skin Cancer -- Even for Blacks

    April 14, 2000 (Minneapolis) -- Just because you're black, doesn't mean you don't need sunscreen. Skin cancer rates for blacks go up as their exposure to sunlight goes up, just as they do in whites, according to a study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. "The study is a wak

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  6. A New Approach to Treating Melanoma

    April 4, 2000 (San Francisco) -- Ever since researchers discovered that they could manufacture an artificial type of DNA that can mirror the body's own basic cell structure, they have been trying unsuccessfully to use the technology to target cancer. Now, however, a team of Austrian researchers pres

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  7. Experimental Vaccine for Melanoma Shows Promise

    March 13, 2000 (San Francisco) -- You've heard about vaccines for polio, smallpox, and hepatitis. Now scientists are working to design a vaccine that could prevent the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma. In the past five years, vaccines have emerged as a novel and exciting -- but still experime

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  8. New Test Helps Unmask Melanoma

    March 9, 2000 (Atlanta) -- A new test to help identify melanoma -- the deadliest and most common form of skin cancer -- will someday be available to labs across the country, according to a presentation at the annual meeting of the International Society of Dermatopathology. The test detects abnormali

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  9. Patients Find Most Melanomas -- But Doctors Find Them Earlier

    By Jim MorelliWebMD Medical News November 16, 1999 (Atlanta) -- Patients may do a good job of finding melanomas on their own, but a recent study finds that doctors more often detect the dangerous skin tumors at an earlier stage, when treatment may be most effective. As reported in the Journal of the

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