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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. New Drug Extends Lives of Melanoma Patients

    June 7, 2010 (Chicago) -- A new drug that revs up the immune system to attack cancer cells extended the lives of people with advanced melanoma by an average of nearly four months in late-stage testing. That may not sound like much, but given that "average survival [for metastatic melanoma] is six to

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  5. Tanning Beds Triple Melanoma Risk

    May 27, 2010 -- Regular use of tanning beds triples or even quadruples the risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, new research finds.  The study is the largest of its kind to examine whether indoor tanning causes skin cancer, and it comes as federal regulators are consider

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  6. Sun Exposure While Driving Linked to Cancer

    May 14, 2010 -- The sunlight that comes into the driver's side of cars in the U.S. may contribute to the development of skin cancers on the left side of the face and body, a new study shows. Researchers examined the records of 1,047 patients referred to a skin cancer unit at Saint Louis University S

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  7. Epidemic of Skin Cancer in the U.S.?

    March 16, 2010 -- When people think about skin cancer, often it’s melanoma, the deadliest form, that comes to mind. But a new study suggests that nonmelanoma skin cancers, already the most common form of cancer in the United States, appear to be on the rise. From 1992 to 2006, cases of nonmelanoma s

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  8. Melanoma Cases on the Rise

    March 9, 2010 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- While some researchers suggest the rising rates of melanoma may simply reflect a change in how doctors diagnose melanoma and the increased availability of skin cancer screenings, a leading dermatologist says the increase is real. The average American's risk of de

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  9. Radiation Cuts Odds Melanoma Will Recur

    Nov. 3, 2009 (Chicago) -- Radiation treatment cuts the risk that melanoma will come back in people at high risk for recurrence, a new study suggests. Researchers studied more than 200 people with melanoma at high risk of having their cancer return after surgery because the disease had spread to the

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  10. Some IBD Drugs May Raise Skin Cancer Risk

    Oct. 26, 2009 -- Patients with inflammatory bowel disease or IBD may be at an increased risk for getting skin cancer, according to a study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting in San Diego. The risk appears to be linked to medications to control IBD, says researcher

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