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Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma a Survival Advantage

Posted 3 days ago 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 ...

It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 10, 2018 – Just because it's not summer doesn't mean you're safe from sun-related skin damage. "The highest level of concern is usually during the summer months, but sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or rainy days," said dermatologist Dr. Sarah Taylor, an assistant professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "In fact, many people don't ...

Melanoma Rates Rising for Boomers, Falling Among Young

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – It looks like public health efforts to warn younger Americans about the dangers of tanning beds and sun exposure are paying off. Rates of the deadly skin cancer known as melanoma have dropped among Americans aged 15 to 44, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. Unfortunately, baby boomers who baked themselves in baby oil during their ...

Bristol-Myers Squibb Receives FDA Approval for Opdivo (nivolumab) as Adjuvant Therapy in Patients with Completely Resected Melanoma with Lymph Node Involvement or Metastatic Disease

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- December 20, 2017 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Opdivo (nivolumab) injection for intravenous use for the adjuvant treatment of patients with melanoma with involvement of lymph nodes or metastatic disease who have undergone complete resection.1 The purpose of adjuvant therapy ...

Health Tip: Perform Regular Skin Checks

Posted 15 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Many skin cancers can be found early if you perform regular skin checks at home, the American Cancer Society says. The best time to do a monthly exam is right after a bath or shower. You should check for any new or changed moles, blemishes or birthmarks. Here are the Cancer Society's suggestions for performing a skin check: Face a mirror and check your face, ears, neck, chest and belly. Women ...

Ozone Hole Smaller Thanks to Decades-Old Chemical Ban: Study

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – NASA scientists say they have satellite evidence that the international ban on chlorine-containing chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has helped heal the massive hole that was chewed in the Earth's protective ozone layer. There now is roughly 20 percent less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than in 2005, a new study reports. "We see very clearly that ...

Ozone Hole Smaller Thanks to Decades-Old Chemical Ban: Study

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – NASA scientists say they have satellite evidence that the international ban on chlorine-containing chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has helped heal the massive hole that was chewed in the Earth's protective ozone layer. There now is roughly 20 percent less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than in 2005, a new study reports. "We see very clearly that ...

Obamacare Helped More Americans Spot Cancer Early

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – Obamacare has likely saved lives by increasing the number of cancers caught at an early stage, a new study suggests. States that participate in the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid have experienced an increase in overall cancer diagnoses, particularly early stage diagnoses, compared with states that rejected expansion, researchers found. "It's been ...

High Costs Keep Many Cancer Patients From Needed Drugs

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – Cancer drugs have become so pricey that U.S. patients often can't afford them, a new study finds. The findings suggest that high out-of-pocket costs may be a barrier to potentially life-saving or life-prolonging treatments, the researchers said, and raise questions about whether patients will be able to take advantage of new cancer treatments. "Imagine leaving your ...

New Trial Cancer Drug, Ulixertinib, Shows Promise Against Wide Range of Tumors

Posted 15 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017 – A new drug that targets a genetic flaw common to most cancer cells is showing potency against many tumor types. The preliminary trial of a drug called ulixertinib was conducted with 135 patients who had already failed treatments for one of a variety of advanced, solid tumors. Researchers led by Dr. Ryan Sullivan, of Massachusetts General Hospital, said ulixertinib did ...

Firefighters May Face Higher Odds for Skin Cancer

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Exposure to firefighting chemicals may be one reason why Florida firefighters have a higher-than-normal rate of skin cancer, a new study suggests. The researchers analyzed data from almost 2,400 firefighters statewide who'd participated in a cancer survey. They found that 4.5 percent – 109 firefighters – had been diagnosed with skin cancer. That included 17 cases of ...

Woman's Selfie of Skin Cancer Went Viral, Sparked Awareness

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – You don't have to be famous for your public health message to reach millions. A new case study describes how Tawny Dzierzek, a young nurse from Kentucky, posted a startling selfie on social media in April 2015, shortly after she had a skin cancer treatment. Dzierzek was a regular user of tanning beds in her youth. She was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 21. By the ...

Insurance Ups the Odds of Beating Cancer

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – Your chances of surviving cancer may depend on the type of insurance you have. Researchers from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California found significant improvements in survival among cancer patients with private insurance or Medicare, but not among those who have public insurance such as Medicaid, or are uninsured. The investigators analyzed data on more than 1.1 ...

How to Do a Skin Cancer Body Check

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Every year, about 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer – an abnormal growth of skin cells that most often develops on areas exposed to the sun. You can spot early signs by regularly checking your skin for changes. Everyone is susceptible to skin cancer. However, people who have light skin that burns easily, red hair, and/or blue eyes have a higher risk. ...

Some Guys Can't Stay Away From Tanning Beds

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Indoor tanning appears to be more addictive for men than women, even though they use tanning beds less than females, a new study finds. The stereotypical tanning salon client is a young woman, so they are the focus of most research and health warnings about tanning. But the authors behind the new study concluded that anti-tanning efforts should also target men. The ...

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