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Drug Combo Fights Melanoma That's Spread to Brain
Experts said the findings represent another step forward against advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Once melanoma spreads to distant sites in the body, the prognosis has traditionally been grim. When it infiltrates the brain, the typical life expectancy has hovered around four to five months.
HPV Shot Rids 97-Year-Old of Advanced Skin Cancer
HPV Shot Rids 97-Year-Old of Advanced Skin Cancer By Alan MosesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two years ago, Ian McKenzie thought his mom's remaining days were dwindling.The 97-year-old woman had developed a severe case of what was thought to be an untreatable form of squamous cell carcinoma, the second leading form of skin cancer.Lesions had developed over much of her right leg, in such numbers and size that chemotherapy and surgery were ruled out as treatments.On a hunch, her doctor, Dr. Anna Nichols of the University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center,
Immune Therapy May Help Melanoma in the Brain
Immune Therapy May Help Melanoma in the Brain By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A type of therapy that harnesses the immune system is giving new hope to people battling a once hopeless cancer -- melanoma that's spread to the brain.New research involving more than 2,700 U.S. patients is confirming what specialists in the field have long known -- that "checkpoint blockade" treatment can beat back these devastating tumors."Physicians who treat patients with melanoma brain metastases have seen first-hand the dramatic improvements in survival that immunotherapy can achieve," said one such specialist,
'Face-Aging' Photos Convince Tanners to Shun Sun
The new study included just over 200 college students. The researchers enlisted a computer program called "APRIL Age Progression Software," which was developed over the course of a five-year facial analysis involving 7,000 people representing various races, ages and lifestyles.
AI Better Than Docs at Catching Skin Cancers
The new study pitted a well-honed computer algorithm against 58 dermatologists, to see whether machine or humans were better at differentiating melanomas from moles.
Consumer Reports Ranks Top Sunscreens for 2018
SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measure of how long sunscreen protects you from radiation from the sun that can damage your skin. Dermatologists may recommend natural sunscreens for children and others with sensitive skin.
Drug Keytruda May Help Block Melanoma's Return
The drug also gained attention after former President Jimmy Carter announced in 2015 that Keytruda had beaten back his brain cancer.
Stronger Skin Cancer Prevention Guidelines Issued
This recommendation, from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, updates a 2012 recommendation that advised doctors not begin this education until children reached the age of 10.
Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma an Advantage
Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent longer than those with a healthy body weight, researchers found.
Melanoma Rates Up for Boomers, Down Among Young
Unfortunately, baby boomers who baked themselves in baby oil during their youth are now paying the price as they age, with more than 70 percent of melanoma cases now being diagnosed in those over 55.
Medicinal Cream May Help Stop Skin Cancer's Return
The study tracked outcomes for just over 930 U.S. veterans who averaged 70 years of age.
Woman's Skin Cancer Selfie Sparks Awareness
Dzierzek was a regular user of tanning beds in her youth. She was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 21.
Waiting Even a Day to Remove Melanoma Can Be Deadly
No matter what stage their cancer was, those who waited more than 90 days for surgical treatment were more likely to die.
With Skin Cancer Surgery, Insurance Matters
Wait could be more than 6 weeks longer than those with private insurance, study says
Study: Go Wider When Having Suspect Moles Removed
Goal is to only perform one procedure, skin cancer specialist says
Immune-Focused Drug New Weapon Against Melanoma
In head-to-head trial, Opdivo outperformed a similar drug, and with fewer side effects
Moles Not Most Likely Spot for Melanomas
More than two-thirds of deadly skin cancers occur as new lesions, analysis finds
How Safe and Effective Is Your Sunscreen?
One out of three may not offer the right protection, study suggests
Melanoma Isn't the Only Serious Skin Cancer
Squamous cell carcinoma is far more common and also dangerous if untreated, dermatologist says
Is Full Lymph Node Removal Needed for Melanoma?
Survival was just as long for those who had less extensive surgery, large study finds
Study Refutes Viagra-Melanoma Link
Data shows no connection between impotence drug and deadly skin cancer, after all
Consumer Reports Ranks Top Sunscreens for 2017
Consumer Reports ranks the top sunscreens for 2017.
More Teens Turning Their Backs on Tanning Beds
Half as many high school students reported indoor tanning in 2015 versus 2009, survey finds
Some Melanoma Survivors Still Seek Out the Sun
1 in 5 had suffered a sunburn in the past year, study finds
Computer Software Able to Detect Skin Cancer
Computer Software Able to Detect Skin Cancer