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Skin Cancer Rates Rise for Hispanic, Asian Women

Posted 20 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 – While most white people who develop skin cancer are older men, the reverse is true in Asian and Hispanic populations, a new study suggests. Researchers contend that shifting preferences for tanning among Asians and Hispanics in the United States – along with the belief that their darker skin protects them from the sun's harmful rays – may be contributing to rising skin cancer rates in both groups. "I think the main point we were trying to bring home is that ethnic skin is not really thought of as at risk for skin cancer, but all ethnicities need to be mindful and diligent about getting their skin checked and protecting themselves from the sun," said study author Dr. Arisa Ortiz, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The study is to be presented Friday at the American Academy of Dermatology's annual ... Read more

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Sun's Damage Lingers Long After Dark

Posted 19 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 – Skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation continues long after you get out of the sun, even in the dark, a new study says. Researchers explain that UV light from the sun or tanning beds can damage DNA in melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells in the skin that make the substance called melanin. Melanin gives skin its color. Damage to melanocytes is a major cause of skin cancer, according to the researchers. It was thought that melanin protected the skin by blocking UV light, but this study found that melanin has both protective and harmful effects. Researchers exposed mouse and human melanocytes to UV radiation. In melanocytes with melanin, DNA damage occurred not only immediately, but also hours after UV exposure ended. In melanocytes that didn't have melanin, the damage occurred only during UV exposure. "If you look inside adult skin, melanin does protect ... Read more

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Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds

Posted 18 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 – Common painkillers, including ibuprofen, might slightly reduce your risk of developing a form of skin cancer, researchers say. Use of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) appear to reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 15 percent, the researchers concluded after reviewing nine prior studies. Squamous cell skin cancer is usually caused by sun exposure. These painkillers "have potential as part of a skin cancer-prevention strategy," said review co-author Catherine Olsen, a senior research officer with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. But Olsen and other experts aren't ready to recommend popping these or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to prevent skin cancer. For one thing, these drugs are associated with risks of their own. "Don't rely on aspirin or other nonsteroidal ... Read more

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Flying Time Could Raise Skin Cancer Risks for Pilots

Posted 18 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 – Airline pilots get as much exposure to cancer-causing UV rays in an hourlong flight as they would during 20 minutes in a tanning bed, new research finds. The study, led by Dr. Martina Sanlorenzo, from the University of California, San Francisco, found that airplane windshields do not completely block harmful ultraviolet-A (UV-A) rays from the sun. This type of radiation can boost the risk of deadly melanomas, the researchers noted. Based on the findings, "we strongly recommend the use of sunscreens and periodical skin checks for pilots and cabin crew," the authors wrote in the Dec. 17 online issue of JAMA Dermatology. In the study, Sanlorenzo's team measured the amount of UV-A radiation in the pilot seat at ground level and at various altitudes during flight. The exposure was measured in San Jose, Calif., and in Las Vegas at about midday in April. Pilots ... Read more

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Indoor Tanning Tied to Burns, Fainting, Eye Injuries: Study

Posted 15 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 – Studies have shown that tanning beds are tied to a higher long-term risk for skin cancer, but new research finds that about 3,200 Americans wind up in ERs every year with serious burns or from passing out after an indoor tanning session. People suffer first- and second-degree burns from tanning too long, said lead researcher Gery Guy Jr., from the division of cancer prevention and control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Others develop eye injuries, including redness and burning, from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, he noted. "In terms of passing out, people reported falling down after stepping out of a tanning bed," Guy said. Although the reason isn't clear, fainting could be caused by heat exhaustion, he said. The good news is that these injuries decreased between 2003 and 2012. The bad news is rules governing indoor tanning are ... Read more

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Skin Cancer Costs Soar Compared to Other Malignancies: CDC

Posted 10 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 – The cost of skin cancer treatment in the United States more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, and rose five times faster than treatments for other cancers, a new study found. "The findings raise the alarm that not only is skin cancer a growing problem in the United States, but the costs for treating it are skyrocketing relative to other cancers," said study lead author Gery Guy, of the division of cancer prevention and control at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This also underscores the importance of skin cancer prevention efforts," he added in an agency news release. The analysis of national data showed that the average annual number of adults treated for skin cancer increased from 3.4 million in the years 2002-06 to 4.9 million during the years 2007-11. At the same time, the average yearly cost of skin cancer treatment climbed from ... Read more

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Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says

Posted 15 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 – A rare type of skin cancer has been linked to allergic reactions to metal implants, researchers said. Some patients who have metal devices implanted near the skin may develop chronic skin rashes caused by contact allergies to metals such as nickel, cobalt and chromium. These rashes may lead to an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer, the researchers said. The study's authors described the case of a woman who had a metal rod implanted to repair a broken ankle, and later developed a skin rash near the site of the implant. Doctors determined that the patient was allergic to nickel in the implant and removed the metal rod. However, the woman's skin rash persisted. A few years later, a rare form of skin cancer called Marjolin's ulcer developed at the woman's rash site. Doctors removed the cancer. In experiments with mice, the researchers showed that chronic ... Read more

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As Culture Changed, So Did Melanoma Risk, Study Finds

Posted 7 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 – Changing fashions, cultural attitudes and health beliefs have contributed to the rise of deadly melanoma skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed various social and economic trends in the United States from the early 1900s to modern times, including clothing styles, social norms and medical practices. They reported their findings in the Oct. 6 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Early in the 20th century, people's clothes almost completely covered their body from head to toe. And, white skin was favored over tanned skin, because tanned skin was associated with lower-class people who worked outdoors, the study said. But attitudes about tanned skin changed and eventually it became a sign of good health and a leisurely upper-class quality of life, Dr. David Polsky, professor of dermatologic oncology at NYU Langone Medical Center, said ... Read more

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Some U.S. Troops May Face Greater Skin Cancer Risk

Posted 19 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 – U.S. military troops deployed to sunny climates may have an increased risk of skin cancer, according to a new study. Many returning troops reported getting sunburned while serving abroad, researchers revealed. In some cases, military personnel developed blisters on their skin or noticed a change in the color, shape or size of their moles since being deployed overseas. All of these things can be risk factors for skin cancer, the study authors noted. "The past decade of United States combat missions, including operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, have occurred at a more equatorial latitude than the mean center of the U.S. population, increasing the potential for ultraviolet irradiance and the development of skin cancer," explained the study's lead researcher, Dr. Jennifer Powers. She is an assistant professor in the division of dermatology at Vanderbilt University ... Read more

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Targeted Drugs Among Successes Against Cancer, Says New Report

Posted 16 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 – About 14.5 million U.S. cancer survivors are alive today, compared to just 3 million in 1971, the American Association for Cancer Research reported Tuesday. These individuals amount to 4 percent of the population and include nearly 380,000 survivors of childhood cancer, according to the association's annual progress report. The paper outlines advances in prevention, identification, research and treatment of cancer and details some of the challenges ahead. But these numbers can be somewhat misleading unless they take into account advances in identifying cancers earlier, said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. Survival rates refer to how long a person lives with cancer (including in remission) while mortality rates refer to the death rate, but survival will be longer if the cancer is found earlier, even if the person dies at ... Read more

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FDA Approves Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Advanced Melanoma

Posted 4 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

September 4, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for treatment of patients with advanced or unresectable melanoma who are no longer responding to other drugs. Melanoma, which accounts for approximately 5 percent of all new cancers in the United States, occurs when cancer cells form in skin cells that make the pigment responsible for color in the skin. According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 76,100 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma and 9,710 will die from the disease this year. Keytruda is the first approved drug that blocks a cellular pathway known as PD-1, which restricts the body’s immune system from attacking melanoma cells. Keytruda is intended for use following treatment with ipilimumab, a type of immunotherapy. For melanoma patients whose tumors express a gene mutation called BRAF V ... Read more

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Pilots, Cabin Crews Face Higher Risk of Skin Cancer, Study Says

Posted 3 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 – Airline pilots and flight crews may face as much as twice the risk of the type of skin cancer known as melanoma compared with the general population, according to a new analysis of existing research. However, it's not clear whether exposure to the sun during flight time is responsible for the increased risk. The lead author of the new analysis, Dr. Susana Ortiz-Urda, co-director of the UCSF Melanoma Center at the University of California, San Francisco, said the findings are "very worrisome." She called on airlines to make their windows more protective against the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. In addition, she said, "more measurements should be performed by the Federal Aviation Administration in regards to cumulative UV exposure for pilots and cabin crew." But, not everyone agrees that UV exposure during flights is to blame for the increased risk. And, ... Read more

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FDA Commissioner's Statement on the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

Posted 29 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 – Each year, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to prevent skin cancer is important especially during these hot summer months when many of us spend extra time in the sun. Over the last few years, the FDA has taken a number of important steps designed to help consumers better understand the harmful effects of exposure from the sun and from indoor tanning. Today, consumers going to a beach or pool can rely on more accurate information on the labels of all sunscreen products on the market. In 2011, the FDA made changes that help consumers buy and use sunscreen. Consumers now see accurate labels that may include “Broad Spectrum” claims and water resistance claims (how long a sunscreen remains effective while swimming or sweating). Earlier this year, the agency changed its risk classification for ... Read more

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Indoor Tanning Leads to Early Skin Cancer, Study Says

Posted 23 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 – Teens and young adults who engage in indoor tanning risk developing skin cancer at an early age, a new study finds. Once thought safer than outdoor sunbathing, indoor tanning can produce 10 to 15 times as much ultraviolet (UV) radiation as the midday sun, the study authors noted. "Our findings suggest that children and young adults who seek indoor tanning may be especially vulnerable to developing basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, at a young age," said lead researcher Margaret Karagas, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, N.H. The study looked at people aged 50 and younger who were diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer. While usually treatable, this type of skin cancer can be highly disfiguring if not caught early, and basal cell tumors have a high rate of recurrence. Until recently, basal ... Read more

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Mouse Study Supports Notion of 'Tanning Addiction'

Posted 19 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 – Despite the well-publicized risks of skin damage and cancer from too much sun, people continue to soak up ultraviolet radiation outdoors and in tanning salons. Now a new animal study adds to evidence that for some, tanning is truly an addiction. In experiments with mice, scientists found that exposing the animals to a daily dose of UV light boosted their blood levels of beta-endorphins within a week. Beta-endorphins are "feel-good" hormones that act on the same brain pathways as so-called opioid drugs like heroin and morphine. And in the mice, those UV-generated endorphins showed effects: The animals became less sensitive to touch and temperature, and when their endorphin rush was blocked, they showed classic symptoms of withdrawal – including shaking, trembling and teeth chattering. Experts said the findings, reported in the June 19 issue of the journal ... Read more

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