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    1. Vitamin A May Help Reduce Melanoma Risk

      March 1, 2012 -- Can popping vitamin A supplements help stave off melanoma, the potentially fatal form of skin cancer? Maybe, a new study suggests. But even the researchers caution that it is too soon to make any recommendations about taking extra vitamin A to reduce risk for melanoma. Vitamin A can

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    2. Zelboraf May Double Survival for Some Melanoma Patients

      Feb. 22, 2012 -- The newly approved drug Zelboraf appears to nearly double the length of time a person can expect to live with advanced melanoma skin cancer, a new study shows. Melanoma kills about 9,000 Americans each year, and it often progresses quickly. Studies have found that the midpoint in su

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    3. Tanning Booths Increase Risk of Most Common Skin Cancer

      Dec. 14, 2011 -- Indoor tanning has been under heavy fire the last few years, and a new study will do nothing to tone down the assault. Indoor tanners are close to 70% more likely to develop the most common type of skin cancer before their 40th birthday, a new study shows. The skin cancer, basal cel

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    4. 'Sun Safety' Counseling Pays Off for Kids and Teens

      Nov. 8, 2011 -- Catch them when they're young. That's the message at the heart of new guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that call for pediatricians and primary care doctors to discuss sun safety and skin cancer prevention with fair-skinned children, adolescents, and youn

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    5. New Device Spots Melanoma

      Nov. 2, 2011 -- MelaFind, a device that helps dermatologists decide whether to order a biopsy of suspected melanomas, has been approved by the FDA. Melanoma is a fast-growing skin cancer. It's often curable if detected early. If not, it's one of the most deadly kinds of cancer. MelaFind, from Mela S

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    6. Coffee Fights Common Skin Cancer

      Oct. 24, 2011 -- Drinking coffee may help prevent the most common type of skin cancer. A new study shows that women who drank more than three cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma (BCC) than women who drank less than one cup a month. Men who drank more than t

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    7. Hairdressers May Help Spot Skin Cancer

      Oct. 17, 2011 -- Your hairdresser may be a valuable ally in the battle against skin cancer. A new study shows many hairdressers already check their client's scalp, neck, and face for signs of skin cancer, and more than half have recommended that a client see a health care professional about an abnor

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    8. The Skin Cancer Risk from Tanning Beds

      I didn’t grow up tanning. I have fair skin and red hair, and I didn’t like lying out in the sun or even going to the beach. And when I was exposed to the sun, I didn’t get tan. I just got a little pink and freckled. In fact, I got my first tan when I went to Florida in 2001. I was 17 years old, and

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    9. Zelboraf Approved for Late-Stage Melanoma

      Aug. 17, 2011 -- The FDA today approved Zelboraf, a drug that can extend survival for the 50% of melanoma patients whose tumors carry the BRAF V600E mutation. Zelboraf is approved for inoperable or late-stage melanoma that tests positive for the BRAF mutation. In concert with the drug approval, the

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    10. 2 New Drugs May Treat Advanced Melanoma

      June 6, 2011 -- Two new drugs that work in very different ways are being hailed as game changers in the treatment of patients with advanced forms of the deadly skin cancer melanoma. New studies of the experimental drug vemurafenib and the newly approved drug Yervoy (ipilimumab) were published online

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