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Some Smart Yet Easy Ways to Shield Yourself From Skin Cancer

Posted 1 day 14 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life, but it can be treated and cured if detected early, a dermatologist says. "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," said Dr. Mark Lebwohl. He is chair of the dermatology department at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and May 2 is Melanoma Monday. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. Lebwohl described in a school news release how to prevent and detect skin cancer. Apply a sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed skin whenever you're outdoors. Do this throughout the year and even on cloudy days. Reapply about every two hours. Wear long-sleeved ... Read more

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'You've Got Cancer' Can Take Devastating Mental Toll

Posted 1 day 15 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – A cancer diagnosis is dreaded by all, and a new study details the psychological damage it often leaves in its wake for patients. The Swedish study found much higher rates of anxiety, depression and even drug and alcohol abuse for those who've been told "you have cancer," compared to healthier people. Cancer doctors weren't surprised, and noted that some patients are more prone to this type of distress than others. "For people that are barely keeping their lives in order, a cancer diagnosis can tip them over the edge," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. In the study, a team led by Dr. Donghao Lu, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, compared outcomes for more than 304,000 cancer patients against more than 3 million cancer-free people in Sweden. The investigators found that risks of anxiety, ... Read more

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Drug Shows Promise Against Rare, Aggressive Skin Cancer

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 – A newer drug that boosts the immune system's ability to kill tumor cells may help people with a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer, a preliminary study suggests. The intravenous drug, marketed as Keytruda, is already used to treat some advanced cases of melanoma, another dangerous form of skin cancer. The new study tested it against a skin tumor called Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). Most people have probably never heard of the cancer, but MCC is deadlier than melanoma, said Dr. Paul Nghiem, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, who led the new study. When the disease reaches an advanced stage, chemotherapy is an option – but not a good one, Nghiem said. "Chemotherapy will often shrink the cancer," he said. "But it comes back quickly, and even angrier." Plus, chemo can take a toll on the immune system. "And that's a very bad idea in these ... Read more

Related support groups: Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Melanoma - Metastatic, Keytruda, History - Skin Cancer, Merkel Cell Carcinoma

'Palliative Care' Gets a Bad Rap, Study Finds

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 – The term "palliative care" triggers negative feelings among many cancer patients, and needs "rebranding," researchers say. The stigma surrounding palliative care can mean patients wait too long to receive supportive care that improves their quality of life, said researchers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto. This new study shows there's a "branding issue," said principal investigator Dr. Camilla Zimmermann, head of palliative care for the hospital and the University Health Network. Palliative care "is not something to be afraid of or that is stigmatizing, but is helpful even while patients are receiving life-prolonging therapies," Zimmermann said in a network news release. She and her colleagues analyzed interviews with 48 patients who had advanced cancer and an estimated survival of between six and 24 months. Half the patients received early ... Read more

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Sunscreen Delays Melanoma in Mice, Researchers Say

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 17, 2016 – Applying 30 SPF sunscreen to mice before they were exposed to ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation delayed the development of melanoma, researchers report. The study results suggest that mice can be used to identify and develop new and more effective ways to prevent the most dangerous of skin cancers, the investigators said. "Over the past 40 years, the melanoma incidence rate has consistently increased in the United States," said lead investigator Christin Burd. She is an assistant professor in the department of molecular genetics and the department of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics at Ohio State University's cancer center. "Sunscreens are known to prevent skin from burning when exposed to UV sunlight, which is a major risk factor for melanoma," Burd said in a university news release. "However, it has not been possible to test whether sunscreens ... Read more

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

Marriage May Be a Cancer Fighter

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – A wedding band may be powerful medicine against cancer, a new study suggests. Married people seem to have a marked survival advantage, the researchers found: Single men with cancer had a death rate 27 percent higher than it was for married male patients, while the death rate for single female patients was 19 percent higher than their married counterparts. "The effects that we find were actually quite notable," said study author Scarlett Lin Gomez, a research scientist with the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. "They are comparable to some of the more clinical factors we often see that are associated with cancer prognosis, like stage of disease or certain types of treatment." What's more, this advantage appears to rely solely on the emotional bonds of matrimony, and not the financial advantages that marriage offers, Gomez said. "These patterns were very ... Read more

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Gene May Raise Melanoma Risk, Even Without Sun Exposure

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – A new study hints that genetics could play a role in the development of melanoma even if people don't get a lot of sunburns. But some U.S. experts say people shouldn't take this news as an excuse to bake themselves in the sun, which is considered a major cause of the often-deadly skin cancer. "There should be no change to the current recommendations to adopt sun-safe behaviors for melanoma prevention," cautioned Neil Box. He is an assistant professor with the department of dermatology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and was not involved with the new study. However, another expert, dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Salomon, said genetics do seem to play a role in melanoma. So-called BRAF gene mutations have been linked to between 40 and 60 percent of melanomas, he noted, and "newly released medications targeting this mutation are having ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Melanoma - Metastatic, Diagnosis and Investigation, History - Skin Cancer, Prevention of Sunburn

Scientists Grow and Transplant Functioning Skin Onto Mice

Posted 2 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – In an advance that could serve as a step toward better transplants of skin and even hair in people, Japanese researchers report that they've grown complex, functioning mouse skin. The bioengineered version of the skin contains all three layers of skin tissue along with appendage organs, such as sebaceous glands and hair follicles, the study authors reported. What's more, the newly developed skin tissue was able to form the proper connections to the muscle, fat and nerve tissue around it. Those connections allow the transplanted skin tissue to function properly, such as growing hair and releasing oils from the sebaceous glands, the researchers said. Although artificial skin is currently available, it doesn't contain functioning hair follicles or sebaceous glands, said the study's senior author Takashi Tsuji. He's a team leader with the Laboratory for Organ ... Read more

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U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – Overall rates of cancer and deaths from cancer in the United States continue to decline, a newly released report says. However, an increase in liver cancer deaths is cause for concern, the report authors noted. An increase in hepatitis C infections is likely a major reason for the increase, they said. "The latest data show many cancer prevention programs are working and saving lives," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a news release from the organizations that issued the report. "But the growing burden of liver cancer is troublesome. We need to do more work promoting hepatitis testing, treatment, and vaccination," Frieden added. The Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer is released each year by the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer ... Read more

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New Tests May Help Combat Melanoma, Expert Says

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – Genetic and molecular tests can be valuable in helping to diagnose and treat deadly melanoma skin cancer, a dermatologist says. The tests are widely available in the United States, and many are covered by insurance or offered at no extra cost, said Dr. Emily Chu. She is an assistant professor of dermatology and pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. Melanoma rates in the United States have doubled over the past three decades, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tissue biopsy is typically used to diagnose skin cancer, but biopsy results aren't always definitive. In such cases, genetic and molecular tests can help determine if a patient has skin cancer, Chu said. She added that such tests may also help identify the most effective treatments for patients with advanced melanoma. Continuing ... Read more

Related support groups: Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Melanoma - Metastatic, Diagnosis and Investigation, History - Skin Cancer

Study Questions Link Between Multiple Moles, Risk for Melanoma

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – It's commonly thought that people with many moles may be at heightened risk for skin cancer, including melanoma. But a new study found that patients with melanoma skin cancer often had few moles, and no abnormal moles. Of the 566 melanoma patients in the study, about 66 percent had zero to 20 moles in total and about 73 percent had no atypical moles, according to a team led by Alan Geller of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Melanoma thickness is an important factor in patient outcomes, since thicker tumors are more likely to spread. But in the new study, patients younger than 60 who had more than 50 moles in total actually had a lower risk of having a thick melanoma tumor. However, people with more than five abnormal moles were more likely to have thick melanoma than those with no atypical moles, the researchers said. The study was published ... Read more

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

Racial Gap in U.S. Cancer Deaths Is Narrowing: Report

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 – The gap in cancer deaths among blacks and whites in the United States has narrowed for most cancers, but disparities remain for two common cancers, a new report from the American Cancer Society says. For deaths from breast cancer in women, the gulf between blacks and whites has widened, the report noted. For deaths attributed to colon cancer in men, the racial divide has remained the same. This imbalance is likely caused by inequalities in access to care, screening and treatment, the researchers said. "There is good news. Cancer death rates among black women are decreasing for all of the top cancers, but compared to whites not as much progress has been made – particularly for breast cancer," said lead researcher Carol DeSantis, an epidemiologist with the cancer society. In men, the death rates for colon cancer have remained 50 percent higher for blacks than ... Read more

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Study Pushes 'More Is More' Approach to Shielding Kids From the Sun

Posted 17 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 – A combination approach boosts the chances of proper sun protection for children, researchers report. The study included 300 parents or other family caregivers of children between the ages of 2 and 6. About half of the adults were assigned to a child sun safety program, and the rest received usual information about protecting children from the sun. The sun safety program included a 13-page, read-along book that featured child characters highlighting sun safety, a sun-protective swim shirt, and four sun protection reminders sent weekly by text message. Four weeks later, children participating in the program had higher scores on sun protection for both sunny and cloudy days. They also were more likely to use sunscreen and to wear a shirt with sleeves on sunny days. Children in the program also had smaller sun-related changes in skin pigment, according to the study ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis, History - Skin Cancer, Prevention of Sunburn

Majority of Americans and Canadians Expects Cancer Cure in Their Lifetime

Posted 4 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – A majority of American and Canadian adults believe a cure for cancer will be found in their lifetime, and that a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence, according to a new Harris Poll. Nearly three out of five Americans and Canadians expect a cure for cancer in their lifetime. That belief is especially strong among those ages 18 to 34. Nearly three-quarters of young Americans and 69 percent of Canadians in that age group expect a cure in their lifetime. And, about two-thirds of Americans and Canadians don't think death is inevitable when someone is diagnosed with cancer, the poll found. However, Americans adults under 35 are more likely to believe that a cancer diagnosis is a death sentence than those 35 and older (39 percent vs. 29 percent). Americans whose lives have been affected by cancer are also more likely to view cancer as deadly compared to those who ... Read more

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Melanoma Strikes Earlier If Indoor Tanning Begins in Teens: Study

Posted 27 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – Using tanning beds at a young age significantly raises a woman's risk of developing melanoma before the age of 50, a new study finds. A study of adults ages 25 to 49 found the risk for the deadly skin cancer increased two to six times for women who tanned indoors, with the greatest odds seen for those who used tanning beds in their teens and 20s. "All women who use indoor tanning are at risk of melanoma, but the strongest risk was among women who tanned in their 20s, who were about six times more likely to develop the disease, compared to women who didn't tan indoors," said lead researcher DeAnn Lazovich, an associate professor of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota. The findings support a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposal to ban indoor tanning before age 18, Lazovich said. However, she added, "we need to do even ... Read more

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