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Moles Not Most Likely Spot for Melanomas

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Contrary to what you might think, moles are not the most likely place for a deadly melanoma to develop, a new analysis shows. In fact, a review of 38 previously published medical studies involving more than 20,000 melanomas showed that only 29 percent of the skin cancers started in moles patients already had, while 71 percent arose as new lesions on the skin. "Patients and physicians should be aware that skin without moles is more at risk than moles to develop a melanoma," said lead researcher Dr. Riccardo Pampena. He is with the dermatology and skin cancer unit at Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico at Reggio Emilia in Italy. Melanomas that arise on their own also tend to be more aggressive than melanomas associated with moles, suggesting the two types of malignancies might be different, Pampena added. Regardless, ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Diagnosis and Investigation, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, History - Skin Cancer, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

How Safe and Effective Is Your Sunscreen?

Posted 11 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – It may be easier than ever to find sunscreen with all the right stuff, but be sure to read the label or you could still get burned. Most sunscreens sold at major U.S. retailers and their websites now offer broad-spectrum protection, are water-resistant and have an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher as the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends, a new study found. But more than a third of sunscreens sold by several of the nation's largest retailers fell short. Forty-one percent of sunscreens did not meet all three recommendations, researchers from the University of Miami and University of Michigan reported. Tanning and bronzing products, in particular, tended to be lacking, the researchers said. In a follow-up to a 2014 study, the researchers checked more than 470 sunscreens available at big pharmacy websites to see if they met the AAD ... Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Your Eyes During Summer

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- To prevent skin damage, you apply sunscreen. But how can you protect your eyes from the summer sun's glaring rays? The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises: Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) light. Look for glasses labeled as "100% UV protection." Styles that wrap around your head may offer added protection. Wear a hat with a wide-brim. Keep yourself and your kids out of direct sunlight during peak local hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your eyes always need dalight protection – even on cloudy days and during winter. Read more

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Smart Steps for Sun Protection

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – You know you're supposed to slather on a high-SPF sunscreen before going out in the sun, but these five steps will help you double up on that protection. First, it's important to know that there are two types of harmful ultraviolet rays. UVA rays cause lasting skin damage and aging. UVB rays cause sunburn along with skin damage. Both can lead to skin cancer, so your sunscreen should protect against both. Look for the word "broad-spectrum" on the label. Next, you want to check out the ingredients. Sun protection products may contain chemical and/or physical sunscreens. Most products use chemical sunscreens, like oxybenzone, that absorb damaging UV rays. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical sunscreens. They sit on the skin and reflect and diffuse UV rays. They also work right away, unlike chemical sunscreens – it can take 30 minutes before they're ... Read more

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Can You Recognize the Signs of Skin Cancer?

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – With skin cancer the most common type of cancer in the United States, you should learn to spot its early signs, a cancer doctor says. "Early detection is key. When detected early, most skin cancers may be effectively treated and are often curable," said Dr. Jeffrey Farma, a surgical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. "Individuals play an important role in early detection," Farma said in a center news release. "By being familiar with your own skin markings, like moles, freckles and blemishes, you're likely to notice any changes." His recommendation: Have your skin checked yearly by a physician or dermatologist, and check your own skin for signs of skin cancer by using a mirror every month. Using the ABCDE rule of skin cancer can help identify potential problems, including the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, he said. A for ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Deeptan, Coppertone

Have Scientists Created a Safe, Sun-Free Tan?

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Many people would love to have a natural-looking golden tan, but know that soaking up the sun raises their risk of skin cancer. Now scientists say they've developed a way to tan without exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In laboratory tests, the researchers used the technique to increase pigmentation in human skin samples. And while science done at this early stage sometimes doesn't pan out in humans, the researchers remain hopeful. "The activation of the tanning/pigmentation pathway by this new class of small molecules is physiologically identical to UV-induced pigmentation without the DNA-damaging effects of UV," study leader Dr. David Fisher said in a Massachusetts General Hospital news release. Fisher is chief of dermatology at the hospital in Boston. "We need to conduct safety studies, which are always essential with potential new treatment ... Read more

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Sunscreen 101

Posted 16 May 2017 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 8 May 2017 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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FDA Approves Bavencio (avelumab) for Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Posted 24 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

March 23, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Bavencio (avelumab) for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients 12 years and older with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), including those who have not received prior chemotherapy. This is the first FDA-approved treatment for metastatic MCC, a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer. “While skin cancer is one of the most common cancers, patients with a rare form called Merkel cell cancer have not had an approved treatment option until now,” said Richard Pazdur, M.D., acting director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and director of the FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence. “The scientific community continues to make advances targeting the body’s immune system mechanisms for the treatment of various types of cancer. Thes ... Read more

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Bavencio Approved for Rare Skin Cancer

Posted 24 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 – Bavencio (avelumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare but aggressive form of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), the agency said Thursday in a news release. The drug, sanctioned for people 12 and older, is the first MCC treatment approved in the United States. Some 1,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed annually with the disease. Many cases can be treated surgically, but about half of those diagnosed will have their cancers recur, and the cancer will spread (metastasize) in some 30 percent of cases, the FDA said. Bavencio targets a protein found on some cancer cells, helping the body's immune system attack these cells, the FDA said. The drug was evaluated in a clinical study of 88 people with spreading MCC. About one-third of trial participants given Bavencio had a complete or partial shrinkage of tumors, ... Read more

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Many With Advanced Lung Cancer Don't Get Treatments That Might Help

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – Many U.S. patients with late-stage lung cancer do not receive treatments that could prolong their lives, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center analyzed 1998-2012 data from the U.S. National Cancer Database. They found that more than one in every five patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) – by far the leading form of the disease – did not undergo any treatment. That included chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery, the researchers said. Many of the untreated patients were women, elderly, minorities, low-income and uninsured, according to the research team. The researchers found that the number of untreated patients with late-stage NSCLC even rose slightly during the study period. The reasons why some patients went untreated remain unclear, the researchers said. "We were able to identify a ... Read more

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Drug Shows Promise Against Rare, Aggressive Skin Cancer

Posted 19 Apr 2016 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, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, History - Skin Cancer

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