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    1. Suspicious Pigment Spots More Common on Dark Skin

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with darker skin are about one-third more likely to have potentially dangerous pigment "spots" on their palms and soles, a new study finds. In rare cases, these "acral pigmented lesions" turn out to be melanoma skin

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    2. FDA Approves Expanded Use for Melanoma Drug

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The melanoma drug Yervoy (ipilimumab) can now be used to reduce the risk of the deadly skin cancer returning after surgery, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The expanded use of this intravenous drug i

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    3. New Treatment for Melanoma Gets FDA Approval

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A genetically engineered cold sore virus that "blows up" melanoma tumors has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help treat the deadly skin cancer. Imlygic (talimogene laherparepvec), a first-of-it

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    4. B Vitamin May Help Ward Off Some Skin Cancers

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A cheap and readily available vitamin supplement appears to reduce a person's risk of some skin cancers, a new clinical trial indicates. A form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide appears to reduce non-melanoma skin can

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    5. Moles & Melanoma: FAQ

      Oct. 20, 2015 -- Counting the number of moles on your right arm may be a quick way to figure out your melanoma risk. British researchers have found that the number there can predict your total mole count. Specifically, they say, more than 11 moles on your right arm means you may have 100 moles on yo

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    6. Surgery May Raise Survival With Advanced Melanoma

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that for patients with melanoma that has spread to the abdomen, surgical removal of the tumor can extend survival. The study was led by Dr. Gary Deutsch, now a surgical oncologist at North Shore-LIJ

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    7. Tanning Bed Use, Skin Cancer Rates High in Gay Men

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Indoor tanning is far more popular among gay and bisexual men than it is among heterosexual men, a fact that may explain why they also have higher skin cancer rates, new research suggests. "Overall, the rate of indoor tanni

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    8. Antioxidant Might Spread Skin Cancer Cells in Mice

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A man-made antioxidant appears to accelerate the spread of skin cancer in mice, raising questions about its safety in humans, researchers say. The antioxidant, N-acetylcysteine, is used to relieve mucus production in p

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    9. Could Laser Skin Test Replace Biopsy For Melanoma?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Skin cancer remains the most common cancer for Americans, and invasive biopsies for lesions that could be dangerous melanomas have long been routine. Now, researchers say they've developed a non-invasive test that can spot

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    10. Jimmy Carter: Melanoma Has Spread to Brain

      Aug. 20, 2015 -- Former President Jimmy Carter outlined Thursday an aggressive course of treatment that he'll follow to attack the melanoma that was discovered in his liver and has spread to his brain. In a remarkably candid and detailed press conference, Carter, 90, talked about his plan to fight t

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