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  1. New Skin Cancer Drug Approved by FDA

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat the most common form of skin cancer has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Odomzo (sonidegib) was cleared to treat locally advanced basal cell carcinoma in patients who cannot under

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  2. Warning Over Sunburn 'Tattoo' Trend

    July 9, 2015 -- Doctors are warning of a dangerous new craze called "sunburn art" that's said to be growing in popularity among young people. People expose parts of their bodies to the sun without using any sun protection. The result is a sunburn in the shape of a particular image, design, or patter

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  3. Can OJ, Grapefruit Raise Your Melanoma Risk?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who enjoy a glass of orange juice or some fresh grapefruit in the morning may face a slightly increased risk of melanoma -- the least common but most deadly form of skin cancer. That's the finding from a study of more

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  4. Many Consumers Don't Understand Sunscreen Labels

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- SPF? UV-A and B? A new study finds many Americans are baffled by the information on sunscreen labels. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said sunscreen labels must emphasize protection against both ultraviol

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  5. New Drug a Weapon Against Advanced Melanoma

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, May 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The life expectancies of people with advanced melanoma may be doubled or even quadrupled, thanks to a new drug that harnesses the power of patients' immune systems to fight their cancer, researchers reported Sunday. The d

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  6. Using Herpes Virus to Fight Advanced Melanoma

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A genetically engineered and harmless form of the herpes virus is showing promise in slowing the progression of melanoma, researchers report. The treatment works by killing cancer cells and triggering the immune system to att

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  7. Most Americans Still Not Using Sunscreen

    By Carrie Myers HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans still don't regularly use sunscreen to help prevent exposure to the sun's cancer-causing rays, a new study reveals. When used as recommended, sunscreen has been shown to reduce risk for all types of skin canc

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  8. Consumer Reports Recommends 15 of 34 Sunscreens

    May 14, 2015 -- Nearly a third of sunscreens tested by Consumer Reports fell short of the promised SPF protection, missing the mark by anywhere from 16% to 70%, according to the organization’s annual sunscreen report. The report also expressed concerns about so-called “natural” sunscreens and claims

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  9. Supplement Linked to Reduction in Skin Cancer Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A cheap and easily available vitamin supplement appears to reduce a person's risk of skin cancer, new research contends. A form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide is linked to a reduction of non-melanoma skin cancers by

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  10. Immune-Focused Drugs Show Promise Against Melanoma

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs that supercharge the body's immune system show promise in treating advanced melanoma, according to a pair of clinical trials. The trials both involve drugs called immune checkpoint inhibitors, which essentially pr

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