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Common Drug Combo Found to Cut Skin Cancer Odds
A two-ointment combo used to clear crusty skin growths known as actinic keratosis also has been found to greatly reduce the odds for squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), the second most common form of skin cancer.
High-Fiber Diet May Help Your Gut Battle Melanoma
New research suggests that a diet that's full of fiber appears to lead to more diverse intestinal bacteria (microbiome). In turn, a thriving gut microbiome is linked to a stronger response to an immune therapy for the aggressive skin cancer.
Keytruda May Help Put Melanoma Into Remission
Keytruda is the drug responsible for the remission of former President Jimmy Carter's cancer in 2015. Carter, then 90, had melanoma that spread to his brain and liver. Treatment with Keytruda appears to have cured him.
Smokers May Fare Worse Vs. Deadliest Skin Cancer
In a study of more than 700 melanoma patients in the United Kingdom, smokers were 40 percent less likely to survive melanoma than people who hadn't smoked for at least 10 years before their diagnosis.
Too Much Time in the Sun? Skin Patch Might Tell
Powered by the sun while designed to measure its rays, the patch automatically transmits sun readings to a user's smartphone. It works wet or dry, is fully reusable, and weighs next to nothing.
World Melanoma Deaths Up Among Men, But Not Women
Melanoma death rates were higher for men than for women, according to an analysis of World Health Organization data from 33 countries between 1985 and 2015.
Study: Skin Creams May Be OK During Radiation
Contrary to the usual advice, a new study has found that, unless applied very heavily, skin creams did not raise the radiation dose to the skin during cancer treatment.
Nobel Prize Goes to Cancer Immunotherapy Pioneers
Two cancer researchers -- James P. Allison, PhD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Tasuku Honjo, MD, PhD, of Kyoto University in Japa-- received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering how the immune system can be harnessed to attack tumor cells, a finding that led to the development of immunotherapy drugs.
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