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  1. Sun Exposure While Driving Linked to Cancer

    May 14, 2010 -- The sunlight that comes into the driver's side of cars in the U.S. may contribute to the development of skin cancers on the left side of the face and body, a new study shows. Researchers examined the records of 1,047 patients referred to a skin cancer unit at Saint Louis University S

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  2. Epidemic of Skin Cancer in the U.S.?

    March 16, 2010 -- When people think about skin cancer, often it’s melanoma, the deadliest form, that comes to mind. But a new study suggests that nonmelanoma skin cancers, already the most common form of cancer in the United States, appear to be on the rise. From 1992 to 2006, cases of nonmelanoma s

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  3. Melanoma Cases on the Rise

    March 9, 2010 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- While some researchers suggest the rising rates of melanoma may simply reflect a change in how doctors diagnose melanoma and the increased availability of skin cancer screenings, a leading dermatologist says the increase is real. The average American's risk of de

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  4. Radiation Cuts Odds Melanoma Will Recur

    Nov. 3, 2009 (Chicago) -- Radiation treatment cuts the risk that melanoma will come back in people at high risk for recurrence, a new study suggests. Researchers studied more than 200 people with melanoma at high risk of having their cancer return after surgery because the disease had spread to the

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  5. Some IBD Drugs May Raise Skin Cancer Risk

    Oct. 26, 2009 -- Patients with inflammatory bowel disease or IBD may be at an increased risk for getting skin cancer, according to a study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting in San Diego. The risk appears to be linked to medications to control IBD, says researcher

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  6. New Drug Shrinks Skin Cancer Tumors

    Sept. 23, 2009 (Berlin) -- An experimental drug appears to dramatically and rapidly shrink deadly skin cancer tumors, researchers report. Tumors shrank in 17 of 27 patients with advanced melanoma given the new pill, known as PLX4032. In two patients, the tumors completely disappeared. The results ar

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  7. Vaccine Fights Melanoma

    June 1, 2009 (Orlando) -- For the first time, a vaccine that trains the immune system to seek out and attack cancer cells has been shown to shrink tumors in people with melanoma. In a study of 185 melanoma patients, the experimental vaccine also extended the time that people remained free of cancer.

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  8. Melanoma Detection: Waiting Is Risky for Men

    April 20, 2009 -- Melanomas detected in older men by a doctor are more likely to be treatable, according to a new study. But many men may be waiting too long before seeing a doctor about suspicious moles. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. But less than a third of melanomas are first det

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  9. No Link Between Cell Phone, Eye Cancer

    Jan. 13, 2009 -- Talking on your cell phone does not increase your chances of getting melanoma of the eye, according to a new study. The findings override an earlier report that linked the use of mobile phones with this type of cancer, according to researchers. The latest study is published in the J

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  10. Melanoma Increase Is Real

    Jan. 8, 2009 -- The increase in the potentially deadly skin cancer melanoma that has occurred over the last several decades can't be linked just to better screening and earlier detection of the cancer, according to a new study. For years, experts have debated whether the dramatic rise in melanoma --

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