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How to Do a Self-Check for Skin Cancer

Posted 10 hours ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 26, 2018 – Learning how to do a skin self-exam could save your life. "Skin cancer is one of the few cancers you can see with the naked eye," said Dr. Ali Hendi, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. "Yet sadly, many people don't know how to be their own hero when it comes to skin cancer, including what to look for ...

Here Comes the Sun, and Kid Sun Safety

Posted 2 days 9 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 – Summer sun brings childhood fun, but experts warn it also brings skin cancer dangers, even for kids. "Don't assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age," said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the solid tumor division at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. "Unlike other cancers, the conventional melanoma that we see mostly in adolescents ...

Another Foe for the U.S. Military: Skin Cancer

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – For U.S. military personnel, deployment carries many dangers. And besides the well-known threats they face, these men and women are also at a higher-than-average risk for skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanoma, a new research review suggests. Two military groups face a particularly high risk: white service members and men over 50, according to the report. ...

A Pill to Protect You From the Sun? Don't Believe It, FDA Says

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – If you think popping a pill will somehow keep your skin safe while you tan, think again. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to companies marketing supplements that they claim will counter the effects of the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. "We've found products purporting to provide protection from the sun that aren't delivering ...

Men May Gain More From Cancer Immunotherapy

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – Male cancer patients seem to fare significantly better following immunotherapy treatment than female patients, new research indicates. "Both sex and gender can potentially affect the strength of the body's immune response," explained study author Dr. Fabio Conforti, from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy. For example, Conforti noted that women generally ...

What Drives Millennials to Tan, Knowing the Risks?

Posted 2 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 – Many millennials and young people continue to tan, despite warnings about the link between excess sun exposure and skin cancer, new research warns. Some are poorly informed about the potential harms of bronzed or burned skin. Others overlook safety concerns, often driven by low self-esteem or narcissism, said study lead author Amy Watson. Many young people make tanning ...

Outdoor Job? Skin Cancer Can Take a Hefty Toll

Posted 27 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 27, 2018 – Construction workers, farmers and others who work in the sun are at greater risk for skin cancer, according to researchers. And a new study reveals these job-related cancers cost nations millions in medical expenses. The researchers said lawmakers should address this trend and take steps to reduce job-related exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. "The findings ...

Marriage Means 'I Do' for Skin Cancer Detection

Posted 18 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – A walk down the aisle may be a healthy step to better skin cancer detection. New research shows that simply by being married, people increase their odds that a melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – will be spotted early, when it's most treatable. The reason? A husband or wife may help "by assisting in identification of pigmented lesions that may have ...

Drug Keytruda May Help Block Melanoma's Return

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Taking the drug Keytruda after surgery for advanced melanoma significantly reduced patients' risk of their cancer returning, a new study found. Last May, Keytruda (pembrolizumab) became the first ever drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fight cancers based on specific tumor genetics, rather than where in the body the tumor occurs. The drug also ...

2 Out of 3 Tanning Bed Users Have Never Had a Skin Cancer Check

Posted 4 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 – Even though it's widely known that tanning bed use greatly increases the odds for skin cancer, 70 percent of Americans who've used the devices have never had a doctor check them for the disease. That's the finding from a new study of data on more than 30,000 U.S. adults. The researchers also found that people who frequent tanning salons are more likely to use a low-SPF ...

Task Force Issues Stronger Skin Cancer Prevention Guidelines

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – Doctors should start early with skin cancer prevention advice when their patients are light-skinned, suggests new guidelines that bump that starting point back to the age of 6 months. This recommendation, from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, updates a 2012 recommendation that advised doctors not begin this education until children reached the age of 10. ...

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo (nivolumab) Now the First and Only FDA-Approved PD-1 Inhibitor to Offer Every Four-Week Dosing

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE) March 6, 2018 --Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) updating the Opdivo (nivolumab) dosing schedule to include 480 mg infused every four weeks (Q4W) for a majority of approved indications.1 This approval will provide health care ...

Defense Against Skin Cancer May Live on Your Skin

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – Bacteria that commonly live on your skin's surface just might be protecting you from cancer. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, said that one particular strain of bacteria appears to help ward off skin cancer by suppressing the spread of tumor cells triggered by over-exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. The new research, based on studies ...

Why Some Are Still Skeptical of Tanning Bed Risks

Posted 25 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – The health risks are high for young people who use tanning beds, but not all parents seem to see it that way. To figure out why that is, researchers polled more than 1,200 parents of U.S. kids aged 11 to 17 years. The investigators found that parents who are less likely to believe that indoor tanning is harmful for teens include: Fathers. Parents who'd used indoor ...

Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma a Survival Advantage

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Obese men with advanced melanoma skin cancer seem to have a survival benefit over their slimmer peers, a new study suggests. Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent longer than those with a healthy body weight, researchers found. For women, however, weight did not affect survival, according to the ...

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