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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. FDA Approves New Melanoma Treatment Yervoy

    March 25, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Bristol-Myers' Yervoy for the treatment of late-stage, metastatic melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. Yervoy (ipilimumab) is the first drug ever shown to help late-stage melanoma patients live longer. However, it does not cure the disease. "Late-stage melanoma is d

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  7. Melanoma Rates May Be Higher for the Rich

    March 21, 2011 -- Many lifestyle-related cancers disproportionately affect the poor, but new research finds the opposite to be true for the most lethal form of skin cancer: melanoma. In a California study, non-Hispanic, white teens and young women living in the most affluent neighborhoods were nearl

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  8. New Adhesive Tape Test for Melanoma

    Feb. 11, 2011 -- An experimental, noninvasive test that relies on a special adhesive tape to collect cells from suspicious skin lesions can accurately identify both early and advanced melanomas, researchers say. The test identified localized and invasive melanomas 100% of the time, with a 12% rate o

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  9. Low Vitamin D Levels for Skin Cancer Patients

    Oct. 18, 2010 -- Protecting your skin from the sun to help prevent skin cancer may have an unhealthy side effect: vitamin D deficiency. A new study shows vitamin D deficiency is increasingly common among people with a genetic predisposition to sun-related skin cancers known as basal cell nevus syndr

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  10. New Drug May Treat Advanced Melanoma

    Aug. 25, 2010 -- It's no cure, and it works only for about half of melanoma patients, but a new drug extends progression-free survival in patients dying of advanced melanoma. The vast majority of patients with advanced, metastatic melanoma gain only a few months extra survival from standard treatmen

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