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Skin Cancer Costs Soar Compared to Other Malignancies: CDC

Posted 16 days ago 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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FDA Orders New Warning Labels for Tanning Beds

Posted 29 May 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 – Just in time for summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that tanning beds and tanning booths now must carry a visible warning explicitly stating that the devices should not be used on people under age 18. "There's mounting evidence showing that indoor tanning in childhood and early adult life further increases risk of melanoma later in life due to greater lifetime exposure," Nancy Stade, deputy director for policy at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a press conference announcing the order. However, the order does not outright ban teen use of tanning beds. "It reflects a very strong statement by the FDA that they should not be used by individuals under age 18," Stade said. The CDC estimates that about 13 percent of all high school students have used indoor tanning, Stade said. Teenage girls are most ... Read more

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Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Posted 12 May 2014 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 11, 2014 – One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives, making it the most common type of cancer in the nation. However, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable types of cancer, according to Dr. Mark Lebwhol, professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City and president-elect of the American Academy of Dermatology. "Fortunately, most skin cancers, even melanoma, can be cured and treated when detected early," he said in a Mount Sinai news release. "Knowing your own skin is the key to discovering skin cancer early on. See a dermatologist for a skin check if you notice a spot, mole or lump on your body that is changing, growing or bleeding." Lebwohl also offered the following skin cancer prevention tips: Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more to all areas of exposed skin every day ... Read more

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After Skin Cancer, Removable Model Replaces Real Ear

Posted 14 Apr 2014 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

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