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After Skin Cancer, Removable Model Replaces Real Ear

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 – During his 10-year struggle with basal cell carcinoma, Henry Fiorentini emerged minus his right ear, and minus the hearing that goes with it. The good news: Today, the 56-year-old IT programmer and consultant from Chicago is now roughly five years cancer free. And he's also the proud owner of an incredibly lifelike silicone prosthetic replacement ear that imperceptibly attaches to his face by means of surgically implanted magnets. "Recently I visited a doctor I didn't know," Fiorentini said, "and I explained that I don't hear in one ear and that it's fake. And he said: 'Really? Which one?' " "And that's a doctor looking at me from six inches away," he chuckled. "So you know it's pretty damn good." Indeed, Fiorentini said his situation today is about "as normal as if the cancer had never happened." And for that he gives much credit to the "miraculous ... Read more

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Experts Warn About Skin Cancer 'Treatments' Sold Online

Posted 25 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 – The vast majority of patients with skin cancer or moles who self-medicate with alternative "treatments" they find online are courting danger, new research contends. The finding is based on an analysis of past cases in which patients sought out unsupervised do-it-yourself cures via the Internet. Patients who turned to certain salves often ended up with scarring or extensive tissue damage, researchers found. And for those with skin cancer, these unproven treatments led to worse results in terms of cancer recurrence or cure than routinely seen in standard medical practice, the study authors said. "Now there is evidence that some of the treatment products found online may be helpful if used purposefully, safely and in the right way," said study co-author Dr. Adam Friedman, director of dermatologic research at Montefiore-Einstein College of Medicine, in New York ... Read more

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Younger Skin Cancer Survivors May Be at Risk for Other Cancers

Posted 7 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 – People who've had nonmelanoma skin cancer are at increased risk for melanoma and other types of cancers, and this link is especially strong among young people, a large, new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from more than 500,000 people with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer who were followed for five to six years, and compared them to a group of nearly 8.7 million people without nonmelanoma skin cancer. Compared to those who'd never had the disease, the nonmelanoma skin cancer survivors were 1.36 times more likely to develop other types of cancer – and the younger the patient, the greater the risk. It was 23 times higher for those younger than 25, and 3.5 times higher for those aged 25 to 44, the study found. Meanwhile, for somewhat older people with nonmelanoma skin cancer, the risk of developing another cancer was 1.74 times higher for those aged ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Skin Cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Younger Skin Cancer Survivors May Be at Risk for Other Cancers

Posted 7 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 – People who've had nonmelanoma skin cancer are at increased risk for melanoma and other types of cancers, and this link is especially strong among young people, a large, new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from more than 500,000 people with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer who were followed for five to six years, and compared them to a group of nearly 8.7 million people without nonmelanoma skin cancer. Compared to those who'd never had the disease, the nonmelanoma skin cancer survivors were 1.36 times more likely to develop other types of cancer – and the younger the patient, the greater the risk. It was 23 times higher for those younger than 25, and 3.5 times higher for those aged 25 to 44, the study found. Meanwhile, for somewhat older people with nonmelanoma skin cancer, the risk of developing another cancer was 1.74 times higher for those aged ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Skin Cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Teens Who Indoor Tan Often Take Other Health Risks: Survey

Posted 26 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 – American teens who indulge in indoor tanning – long linked to skin cancer risk – are also more likely to adopt other bad habits, a new federal survey of high school students finds. "We saw that indoor tanning is associated with a number of other risky behaviors, such as illegal drug use, binge drinking and smoking," said study lead author Gery Guy Jr. "We also found that teens who tan indoors are likely to be very concerned about their appearance," Guy added. "That sometimes leads to positive behaviors, like engaging in sports and eating healthy foods. But it also leads to unhealthy behaviors, such as steroid use or extreme weight control." Guy is a health economist in the division of cancer prevention and control with the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ... Read more

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Instructional Video Improves Skin Cancer Diagnoses in Older Men: Study

Posted 19 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WENESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 – Giving older men an instructional video about skin awareness and self-examination might lead to increased detection of skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers divided more than 900 men, aged 50 and older, into two groups. In one group, men received a video and brochures about looking for possible skin cancers, while those in a control group received only brochures. Seven months later, about 62 percent of all the men in the study had undergone a skin examination by a health professional. The rates of examinations were the same for both groups. Men who received the video, however, were more likely to have had a whole-body clinical skin examination and were more likely to have been diagnosed with skin cancer, according to the study, which was published online Feb. 19 in the journal JAMA Dermatology. "We acknowledge that routine use of [clinical skin ... Read more

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1 in 3 Americans Has Used Tanning Beds, Upping Skin Cancer Risk

Posted 29 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 – More than a third of all Americans – and nearly six out of 10 U.S. university students – have used indoor tanning, despite widespread knowledge that the devices contribute to skin cancer risk, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, analyzed data from 88 surveys that included a total of more than 406,000 people in the United States, Europe and Australia. They found that nearly 36 percent of people in the three regions had used indoor tanning in their lifetime. This included 55 percent of university students and 19 percent of teens. In the United States, the rate of people who said they had used a tanning bed was 35 percent, according to the study. For college students, that number rose to 59 percent, and 17 percent of adolescents in the United States and Canada said they had already been to a tanning salon. The numbers ... Read more

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Docs Rarely Discuss Sunscreens With Patients, Study Finds

Posted 4 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4 – Even if you've suffered skin cancer in the past, it's unlikely your doctor will mention sunscreen during the average office visit, a new study finds. A team led by Dr. Kristie Akamine of Wake Forest School of Medicine looked over national data compiled at doctors' offices from 1989 through 2010. Overall, doctors mentioned sunscreen to their patients at about 12.8 million office visits – just 0.07 percent of all appointments recorded. That rate increased a bit, to 0.9 percent, when the office visit involved the diagnosis of a skin condition, according to the study, which was published Sept. 4 in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Sunscreen use was mentioned least frequently to children. "[That finding] is concerning because children and adolescents get the most sun exposure of any age group, as they tend to spend much of their time playing outdoors," Akamine's team ... Read more

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Many Teen Girls Using Tanning Beds: Report

Posted 19 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 19 – Despite the risk of skin cancer, including deadly melanoma, nearly 30 percent of white female high school students use tanning beds and nearly 17 percent use them often, a new report finds. Among white women aged 18 to 34, nearly 25 percent use tanning beds and 15 percent use them frequently, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The high rates of indoor tanning among this population is very concerning," said report coauthor Gery Guy Jr., of the division of cancer prevention at the CDC. Moreover, there have been no significant changes in the prevalence of indoor tanning in recent years, he said. "Indoor tanning has been associated with skin cancer, particularly melanoma," Guy said. "The risk is increased among younger users and those who use it frequently." Guy said young girls should be educated about the risks of ultraviolet ray ... Read more

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Look Beyond the Sun for Skin Cancer Culprits, Doctors Warn

Posted 23 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 21 – Think "skin cancer" and blame immediately goes to the sun. Justifiably so – though not totally, skin doctors say. "Hands down, sun exposure is the biggest risk factor for skin cancer," said Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. "And it's a cumulative risk. The more exposure you've gotten, the bigger the risk. The skin doesn't know if you're out one time for an hour or 12 times for 5 minutes at a time. Your skin keeps a running meter." That's important to know as summer officially begins, according to skin health experts at the American Academy of Dermatology. Each year, more than 3.5 million basal and squamous cell skin cancers, known as non-melanoma cancers, are diagnosed in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. These types of skin cancer aren't as deadly as ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Sunless Tanners Still a Tough Sell, Survey Finds

Posted 30 May 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 30 – In their pursuit of a golden glow, young American women say that beauty concerns, not health worries, will determine how willing they are to use so-called sunless tanning products, a new survey finds. The poll of 182 white female college students (just shy of 20 years on average) gets at the heart of a public health quandary: Warnings about the long-term health risks associated with sun-worshipping pale in comparison with the powerful drive to conform to the current norms of beauty. "It's a question of confidence," said study lead author Jeong-Ju Yoo, an assistant professor of family and consumer sciences at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. "Sunless tanning products like bronzers, tanning creams or lotions are a much safer alternative to accomplish tanned skin than the use of tanning beds or the sun outdoors." Consumers are reluctant to adopt these products because ... Read more

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FDA Approves Tafinlar (dabrafenib) for Advanced Melanoma

Posted 29 May 2013 by Drugs.com

May 29, 2013 – GlaxoSmithKline plc announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Tafinlar (dabrafenib). Tafinlar is indicated as a single-agent oral treatment for unresectable melanoma (melanoma that cannot be removed by surgery) or metastatic melanoma (melanoma which has spread to other parts of the body) in adult patients with BRAF V600E mutation. Tafinlar is not indicated for the treatment of patients with wild-type BRAF melanoma. The mutation must be detected by an FDA-approved test, such as the companion diagnostic assay from bioMérieux S.A., THxID™-BRAF. Among those with metastatic melanoma, approximately half have a BRAF mutation, which is an abnormal change in a gene that can enable some melanoma tumours to grow and spread.[i] Tafinlar is approved for patients with the BRAF V600E mutation, which accounts for approximately 85 percent of all BRAF V ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Melanoma - Metastatic

FDA Approves Mekinist (trametinib) for Advanced Melanoma

Posted 29 May 2013 by Drugs.com

May 29, 2013 – GlaxoSmithKline plc announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Mekinist (trametinib) as a single-agent oral treatment for unresectable or metastatic melanoma in adult patients with BRAF V600E or V600K mutations. Mekinist is not indicated for the treatment of patients who have received a prior BRAF inhibitor therapy. The mutation must be detected by an FDA-approved test, such as the companion diagnostic assay from bioMérieux S.A., THxID™-BRAF. Among those with metastatic melanoma, approximately half have a BRAF mutation, which is an abnormal change in a gene that can enable some melanoma tumours to grow and spread.[i] Mekinist is approved for patients with the BRAF V600E mutation, which accounts for approximately 85 percent of all BRAF V600 mutations in metastatic melanoma.[ii] It is also approved for patients with the V600K mutation, wh ... Read more

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As Summer Approaches, Experts Offer Tips on Preventing Skin Cancer

Posted 27 May 2013 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 26 – Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and experts note that you need to protect your skin while spending time in the sun. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, but it's also one of the most preventable, according to doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during his or her life, according to a medical center news release. The most common kind of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, which has a 99 percent cure rate when caught early. The most serious type of skin cancer is melanoma, which is the fastest rising type of cancer among men and the second fastest among women. Experts offer these steps you can take to reduce your risk of skin cancer: Get an annual dermatology checkup to monitor changes in skin appearance. Do self-checks every month to monitor your ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Revised Sunscreen Labels Should Help Consumers Make Wiser Choices

Posted 20 May 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 20 – Dermatologists are saying that new federally mandated labeling laws for sunscreens should help Americans make smarter choices when it comes to products that provide the best sun protection. The new labels required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must provide information about whether a sunscreen will protect against skin cancer in addition to sunburn, and will also have to indicate whether a sunscreen is water-resistant, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. All sunscreens that don't meet the new FDA testing requirements have to have warning labels that outline their sun-protective limitations. A new survey of 1,400 sunscreen products by the Environmental Working Group found that most products meet the new FDA requirements. Still, one in seven products reviewed by the watchdog group claimed a sun protection factor, or SPF, rating higher than ... Read more

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