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Vaccine May Keep Melanoma in Remission 4 Years
Giving melanoma patients a "personalized" vaccine can prompt an anti-tumor immune response that lasts for years, an early study finds.
Black Melanoma Patients Face Treatment Delays
Black Americans with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, wait longer for surgery than white patients, a new study finds.
Consumer Reports Ranks Top Sunscreens for 2020
Chemical sunscreens offer the best protection and beat out those with mineral or natural ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, a new review from Consumer Reports finds.
Melanoma Death Risk Rises When a Spouse Dies
But bereaved people with the most serious form of skin cancer were 17% more likely to die from it than others.
Sexual Orientation May Influence Skin Cancer Risk
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston analyzed data culled from national surveys conducted from 2014 to 2018 and found that skin cancer rates were 8.1% among gay men, 8.4% among bisexual men, and 6.7% among heterosexual men.
Melanoma Cases Rising in U.S.
States with the highest UV-attributable incidence rates among all residents were: Utah, Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon, Georgia, Washington and Montana.
Is Melanoma Suspected? Get 2nd Opinion From Specialist, Study Says
Getting a second opinion from a pathologist specially trained in skin lesions -- a dermatopathologist -- yields the most accurate results, the new study found.
Head, Neck Melanomas Show Alarming Rise in Young Americans
Researchers found that the incidence of head and neck melanoma rose nearly 4% a year from 1995 to 2001, and 1.2% a year from 2001 to 2014 in children and young adults.
Vitamin A Linked to Lower Odds of Common Skin Cancer
The study of around 125,000 Americans found that people with the highest intake of vitamin A lowered their risk of squamous cell skin cancer by around 15%
Laser-Based Test Hunts Stray Melanoma Cells
The researchers have been developing a laser-based system designed to screen patients' blood from the outside -- spotting tumor cells as they pass through veins in the arm and eliminating the need for a blood draw.
Are DIY Sunscreens Dangerous?
Overall, about seven out of 10 sunscreen recipes failed to adequately protect skin from dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays, the study authors found.
As Melanoma Rises, Doctors Challenge Some Early Testing
As melanoma cases continue to rise sharply, some dermatologists question whether screening people without symptoms has resulted in overdiagnosing melanoma, bringing unnecessary anxiety and treatments.
Study: We Absorb High Level of Sunscreen Chemicals
Experts are quick to say the known risk from the sun's rays is greater than the potential risk posed by these chemicals. Keep using your sunscreen.
Consumer Reports Names Top Sunscreens for 2019
The rankings include sections for best sprays, sticks and lip balms as well as those products considered safe for coral reefs.
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 Shots Rid 97-Year-Old of Advanced Skin Cancer
On a hunch, a doctor injected the Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, directly into the tumors of a woman with advanced skin cancer. The tumors disappeared. Nobody thinks it should be standard treatment, but it will spur more testing.
Immune Therapy May Help Melanoma in the Brain
A therapy that harnesses the body’s immune system to target and destroy cancer cells has been found to help people with melanoma that has spread to the brain.