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  1. Painful, Itchy Patches Could Be Sign of Skin Cancer

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Painful or itchy skin lesions could be a warning sign of skin cancer, researchers report. "Patients sometimes have multiple lesions that are suspicious looking, and those that are itchy or painful should raise high conc

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  2. Melanoma Drug Trials Show Significant Promise

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A relatively new drug appears effective in boosting survival for patients battling advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, according to a pair of preliminary studies. The drug Yervoy (ipilimumab) "takes the

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  3. Bad Sunburns While Young and Melanoma Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- White women who get five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 have an 80 percent increased risk for melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer, new study findings indicate. Researchers also

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  4. Drug Shows Early Promise for Advanced Melanoma

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental cancer drug that activates the immune system has shown early promise for advanced cases of melanoma skin cancer, researchers report. The findings come from an early stage trial of just 31 patients. But expert

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  5. Melanoma Death Risk Higher for Men Living Alone?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men who live alone may face an increased risk of dying from melanoma skin cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed the risk of dying from melanoma among more than 27,000 people in Sweden who were diagnosed with t

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  6. Warning About Skin Cancer 'Treatments' Sold Online

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of patients with skin cancer or moles who self-medicate with alternative "treatments" they find online are courting danger, new research contends. The finding is based on an analysis of past cases in which

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  7. Experimental Drug Helps Body Fight Melanoma

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug that harnesses the power of the body's immune system to fight cancer has helped some patients with advanced melanoma keep their disease in check for several years, a new study indicates. Researchers t

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  8. Video Improves Skin Cancer Diagnoses in Older Men?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WENESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving older men an instructional video about skin awareness and self-examination might lead to increased detection of skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers divided more than 900 men, aged 50 and older, into

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  9. Lymph Node Test a Good Strategy for Melanoma: Study

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Testing a key lymph node in patients with the most dangerous form of skin cancer is the best approach to determine if the cancer has spread, new late-stage clinical research indicates. The test could significantly imp

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  10. Mekinist Plus Tafinlar Approved for Late-Stage Melanoma

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Mekinist for use with another drug, Tafinlar, to treat advanced melanoma that is spreading or cannot be removed by surgery. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin

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