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  1. Getting to Root of Redheads' Higher Melanoma Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that natural redheads are at higher odds for deadly melanoma skin cancer, and new research in mice may help explain why. Researchers at Harvard Medical School say the genetic mutation responsible for red hair a

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  2. Pictures May Help Encourage Skin Cancer Self-Exams

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Pictures can make a strong impression: People who see images of skin cancer are more likely to do skin examinations, according to a new study. An evidence review concluded that people who saw pictures of skin cancer were motivate

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  3. Tattoos Can Hide Malignant Melanomas, Experts Say

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans head to the tattoo parlor to get "inked" each year, but a new study suggests that getting a tattoo over a mole or birthmark may not be healthy. That's because having a tattoo over a mole especially can m

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  4. Experimental Melanoma Vaccine Shows Promise

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Six of seven advanced melanoma patients had a positive response to an experimental vaccine, a finding that shows promise for personalized skin cancer treatment, researchers report. The vaccine also slowed tumor progression i

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  5. Young Men Less Likely to Survive Melanoma Than Women: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- White male teens and young adults are more likely to die of melanoma skin cancer than their female counterparts, a new study finds. Researchers looked at data from more than 26,000 white patients, aged 15 to 39, in the United

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  6. Look Beyond the Sun for Skin Cancer Culprits

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Think "skin cancer" and blame immediately goes to the sun. Justifiably so -- though not totally, skin doctors say. "Hands down, sun exposure is the biggest risk factor for skin cancer," said Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim, an assistant pro

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  7. Experts Dispel Common Melanoma Myths

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 7 (HealthDay News) -- As you head to the beach or pool, here are some sun-sense tips to keep in mind: Skin that tans is not invulnerable to cancer, and one application of sunscreen daily is not enough protection against the sun's harmful ultra

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  8. Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Melanoma

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-third of patients with advanced melanomas who received nivolumab, a new immune-based drug, experienced reductions in the size of their tumors, a preliminary study reveals. Since these types of drugs have typically shrun

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  9. Red Hair Pigment Might Raise Melanoma Risk: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- The red in redheads' hair is thought to put them at increased risk of the dangerous skin cancer melanoma, even if they don't spend a lot of time in the sun, according to a new study. Study co-author Dr. David Fisher and his re

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  10. Melanoma Rates Rising in U.S. Children

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, doesn't usually occur in kids, but a new study shows that it's happening more often. While melanoma in children is still extremely rare, the rate increased by about 2 percent per y

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