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Study Refutes Viagra-Melanoma Link

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – Some good news for sexually active older men: Viagra and related erectile dysfunction drugs do not increase the risk of deadly melanoma skin cancer, researchers report. "Physicians should still screen for melanoma risk, but they do not need to add the use of Viagra and similar drugs to the list of screening criteria specifically," said study leader Dr. Stacy Loeb. Loeb is a urologist and assistant professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year placed Viagra (sildenafil) and other ED drugs known as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors on its watch list of medications with possible safety issues. This action followed a 2014 report in JAMA Internal Medicine that linked Viagra with an increased risk of melanoma. To clarify the issue, researchers analyzed data from five large-scale studies of more than 866,000 erectile ... Read more

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Sunscreen 101

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Many people make mistakes when using sunscreen that could increase their risk of skin cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers set up free sunscreen dispensers at the Minnesota State Fair and watched as nearly 2,200 people used them. The researchers found that only 33 percent of people applied sunscreen to all exposed skin. Only 38 percent were wearing sun-protective clothing, hats or sunglasses. Also, use of the free sunscreen dispensers fell sharply on cloudy days, the researchers reported. The study was published online May 16 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. "These results highlight some of the ways people use sunscreen incorrectly," study author Dr. Ingrid Polcari said in a journal news release. She is an assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. "To get the best possible sun ... Read more

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Health Tip: Teach Teens About Sun Safety

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Teens enjoying carefree fun in the sun may not worry about wrinkles, sun damage or skin cancer – but they should. It's a conversation that parents should have with teens to prevent problems later. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends talking to teens about: Staying out of the sun when its rays are strongest, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wearing light clothing with tightly-woven fabric, which helps to reflect the sun's rays. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses also offer protection. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day before going outdoors, and reapplying throughout the day. Make sure it's applied to the entire body, including the tops of the ears and feet. Regularly checking skin for moles that look suspicious, and pointing any out to a parent or doctor. Read more

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Surgery May Be Best for Advanced Melanoma

Posted 5 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 – Surgery to remove melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – can extend the lives of patients whose disease has spread to the abdomen area, new research suggests. Patients who get drug therapy and surgery to remove their cancer live twice as long – 18 months on average – as those who only get medication, researchers found. "Now that there are better options systemically, the decision-making about treatment has become more complex. Having this data available could potentially impact discussions about treatment and benefit patients long-term," said study leader Dr. Gary Deutsch, a cancer surgeon at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. "I think the combination of immunotherapy with surgical therapy ... could potentially lead to curing more patients," he said in a health system news release. Immunotherapy prompts a patient's immune system to destroy ... Read more

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Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – Overall cancer death rates in the United States continue to fall, but racial gaps persist, a new report says. Death rates fell between 2010 and 2014 for 11 of the 16 most common cancers in men and for 13 of the most common types in women, including lung, colon, prostate and breast cancers. However, death rates rose for cancers of the liver, pancreas and brain in men and for the liver and uterus in women. And improvements in cancer survival weren't equal for all Americans. "While this report found that five-year survival for most types of cancer improved among both blacks and whites over the past several decades, racial disparities for many common cancers have persisted, and they may have increased for prostate cancer and female breast cancer," said Dr. Lynne Penberthy. She's associate director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Surveillance Research ... Read more

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Tanning's Allure Tied to Other Addictions

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – People who seem to have a deep tan year-round – whether from the sun or indoor tanning – may be "addicted" to tanning. And new research suggests there's also a link between such tanning and other addictions. "People who were tanning-dependent were six times as likely to have a history of alcohol dependence, and were almost three times as likely to have seasonal affective disorder (SAD)," said study leader Brenda Cartmel. She is a senior research scientist at the Yale University School of Public Health. SAD is a type of depression related to the shorter, darker days of winter. Cartmel said previous smaller studies have also suggested these associations. Cartmel's team surveyed nearly 500 people who had previously sunbathed or used an indoor tanning bed. All of the participants had also been part of a study on early onset skin cancer among those under age 40 in ... Read more

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More Teens Turning Their Backs on Tanning Beds: CDC

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – The number of U.S. teens who use indoor tanning has dropped by half in recent years, a new government study reveals. Only about 7 percent of high school students said they used indoor tanning in 2015, down from almost 16 percent of students in 2009, according to results from a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. But that still leaves more than 1 million teens putting themselves at increased risk of skin cancer, including the most severe form, melanoma, by going to a tanning salon, said study lead author Gery Guy Jr. Worse, their use of indoor tanning appears to give them a false sense of security when they step outdoors into real sunlight, said Guy, a health economist with the CDC's division of cancer prevention and control. "We also found that among the 1.2 million high school students who are continuing to indoor tan, 82 percent of them ... Read more

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Hispanics Should Be Wary of the Sun's Rays, Too

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – Many Latinos think they're safe from sun damage, even though advanced skin cancer is increasingly common in this group, a New York skin specialist warns. "The belief that Hispanic people don't have to worry about skin cancer has existed among Latinos for generations. They hear it from their parents and grandparents, and then they pass this belief on to their children," Dr. Maritza Perez said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation (from the sun and indoor tanning beds) is a controllable risk factor for skin cancer. Many Latinos, however, mistakenly believe their darker skin protects them against cancer and fail to guard against UV exposure, Perez explained. Many also think spending more time in the sun and getting a "base" tan will protect them, which is untrue, she added. Perez is a clinical professor of ... Read more

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Some Melanoma Survivors Still Seek Out the Sun

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Even after surviving the potentially deadly skin cancer melanoma, some people continue to go out in the summer sun without protection. That's the stunning finding of a study of more than 700 melanoma survivors that revealed that 20 percent of them had suffered a sunburn in the past year. And only 62 percent said they "often" or "always" wore sunscreen when they were outside on a summer day. But many melanoma survivors are more vigilant about sun protection than other people their age, the study also found. "They're doing OK, but there's room for improvement," said study lead researcher Rachel Vogel. She's an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota's department of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health. Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society (ACS), agreed. "Survivors are doing better than other people, but ... Read more

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Indoor Tanning: A Big Financial Hit to U.S. Health Care

Posted 28 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 – Skin cancers linked to indoor tanning are estimated to have cost the U.S. health care system hundreds of millions of dollars in 2015, a new study says. "Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and its incidence is increasing, due in part to the increase in the use of tanning devices," said study author Hugh Waters. He's a health economist and associate professor at the University of North Carolina. "We know these devices have significant health and financial impacts, and with this study we wanted to establish these impacts clearly to support efforts to reduce their use, especially among younger people," Waters added. Researchers estimate there were 263,000 U.S. cases of tanning device-related skin cancers in 2015. The total medical costs for those cases reached an estimated $343 million. Also, the researchers said those skin cancers will lead to a ... Read more

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Self-Checks Help Spot Melanoma's Return

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Self-checks by melanoma skin cancer patients play an important role in detecting a return of the most deadly form of skin cancer, new research suggests. In the study, which covered the years from 1996 to 2015, investigators from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and the University of North Carolina analyzed data from a multi-institution database on 581 stage 2 melanoma patients who were followed for at least one year. Of those, 171 (29 percent) had a recurrence of their cancer. Patient-detected symptoms such as changes on their skin, coughing blood, or seizures were the most common ways that recurrence was detected, accounting for 40 percent of cases. Thirty percent were detected by scheduled doctor exams and 26 percent were spotted in routine imaging tests, according to the study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. ... Read more

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Heart Risks May Boost Women's Colon Cancer Risk, Too

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Even normal-weight women may be at greater risk for colon cancer if they have certain traits, such as elevated levels of blood fat, high blood sugar, high blood pressure and low levels of good cholesterol, a new study suggests. Among older women of normal weight, those with so-called metabolic risk factors had a 49 percent increased risk for cancers of the colon, rectum and sigmoid colon (the lower part of the intestine connecting the rectum and colon) compared with healthy counterparts. Current guidelines recommend colon cancer screening primarily based on a person's age. But identifying at-risk individuals by their metabolic type could help prevent these cancers and catch them at an earlier stage, saving more lives, the study authors concluded. The takeaway: "Know your own metabolic health, even if your weight is normal," said Juhua Luo, the study's senior ... Read more

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Skin Cancer Cream Linked to 5 Dog Deaths: FDA

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – Five dogs have died from exposure to a skin cancer cream prescribed for people, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ingesting very small amounts of the drug – fluorouracil topical cream USP 5% (5-FU) – can sicken or kill family pets, said the FDA. "Although the FDA has not to date received any reports involving cats, they are also expected to be extremely sensitive to fluorouracil cream," the agency said in a news release. The drug is also marketed under the brand names Carac, Efudex and Fluoroplex, the FDA said. It's used to treat precancerous sun-damaged skin as well as some basal cell skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. In one case, a dog merely punctured the tube of fluorouracil in its mouth before its owner could grab it. The pooch died 12 hours later, after vomiting and suffering seizures. In another instance, a dog ... Read more

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Many College Women Ignore Indoor Tanning's Risks

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – Despite the known dangers, many white female college students continue to tan indoors, a new study finds. Indoor tanning can lead to premature skin aging and skin cancers, including potentially deadly melanoma. It's particularly risky for younger people and frequent users, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For this study, researchers at Indiana University surveyed 629 white female undergraduate and graduate students. Just about all of the young women knew that tanning can cause premature skin aging and skin cancer. Moreover, almost 80 percent did not believe that indoor tanning is safe or any safer than outdoor tanning. Still, about seven out of 10 said they like to get a tan even though they know tanning may harm their skin. Nearly 84 percent said tanning makes them feel more attractive. Those more likely to use tanning booths or ... Read more

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Melanoma Rates Rise in Some States, Fall in Others

Posted 29 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 – Rates of melanoma cases and deaths are either rising or falling, depending on which state you might be living in, a new study finds. Between 2003 and 2013, Americans living in the Midwest and South, especially, tended to have rising rates of both the incidence of melanoma and deaths related to the skin cancer, researchers found. "The Northeast, specifically New England, is the only U.S. geographic region in which most states experienced a reduction in both death and incidence rates," wrote a team led by Dr. Robert Dellavalle of the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. One skin cancer specialist who reviewed the findings said they highlight the need for better sun-safety education. "As a medical community, we still have work to do in educating the public – especially in certain states – on the importance of ... Read more

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