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Frequent Skin Cancers May Signal Risk of Other Cancers, Too

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – People who have frequent recurrences of a common skin cancer may be at increased risk of a range of other cancers, a new study suggests. Researchers found the heightened risk among patients who'd had many bouts of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) – a highly treatable form of skin cancer diagnosed in over 3 million Americans each year. Patients who'd developed at least six ...

The Dark Side of Sunless Tanning

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 – Don't kid yourself that using a sunless tanning product will prevent skin cancer. Unless you're willing to stop sunbathing altogether, you're still at risk for skin damage, researchers report. "For the most part, adults who use sunless tanning products continue to engage in risky tanning behaviors," said study leader Matthew Mansh, a dermatology resident at the University ...

Sun's Harms Rise After Organ Transplant

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – Organ transplant recipients are at increased risk for skin cancer and need to protect themselves, a dermatologist warns. "Individuals who receive organ transplants need to take immunosuppressive medications for the rest of their lives, and this makes it more difficult for their bodies to fight disease, including skin cancer," said Dr. Christina Lee Chung. She is former ...

Shield Yourself From the Summer Sun

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, July 28, 2018 – When you're out having fun in the sun this summer, remember to take steps to prevent sunburn. Along with being painful, sunburns can cause lasting damage that can lead to a number of skin problems, including skin cancer, warned Dr. Suzanne Olbricht, chief of dermatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. "The sun's UV rays damage the DNA in the cells of ...

Gyms With Tanning Beds Send Mixed Message

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 – Gym rats are trying to get healthy. So why do so many U.S. gyms have tanning beds, researchers want to know. Since indoor tanning raises the risk of skin cancer, this common combo sends a conflicting message to gym users, University of Connecticut researchers say. "By pairing exercise with tanning beds, gyms send the message that tanning is part of a healthy lifestyle. It ...

Yes, Fingernail Cancer Is a Thing -- Just Ask This Beauty Queen

Posted 26 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 – Karolina Jasko was a high school senior when a nail salon worker pointed out the black vertical line on her right thumbnail. Because she typically painted her nails, the black line had gone unnoticed and unheeded, but then it started to show signs of infection. At that point, Jasko sought out medical advice and got her diagnosis: a melanoma of the nail. "My mom was ...

Too Few Americans Getting Screened for Cancer: CDC

Posted 26 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 – Routine checks for breast, prostate, cervical and colon cancer save lives, but screening rates for all but colon cancer have stalled in recent years, U.S. health officials report. According to the new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, the number of Americans getting recommended cancer screening remains below target levels. This is especially the ...

Your Sunscreen May Not Be as Protective as You Think

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Many people apply sunscreen too thinly, and that could mean far less sun protection than they hoped for, new research shows. So, it might be a good idea to use sunscreens with a higher sun-protection factor (SPF) to begin with, the British researchers advised. "What this research shows is that the way sunscreen is applied plays an important role in determining how ...

Cancer Survival Drops With Complementary Therapy: Study

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 – People with curable cancers who try "complementary therapy" often refuse some part of standard care. And they may die as a result, researchers say. U.S. cancer patients increasingly use complementary medicine – a combination of standard care along with therapies that fall outside of mainstream medicine (such as acupuncture or massage). But little is known about the ...

HPV Shot Eliminates Advanced Skin Cancer in 97-Year-Old

Posted 13 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 – Two years ago, Ian McKenzie thought his mom's remaining days were dwindling. The 97-year-old woman had developed a severe case of what was thought to be an untreatable form of squamous cell carcinoma, the second leading form of skin cancer. Lesions had developed over much of her right leg, in such numbers and size that chemotherapy and surgery were ruled out as ...

Immune-Based Therapy May Help When Melanoma Spreads to Brain

Posted 12 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 – A type of therapy that harnesses the immune system is giving new hope to people battling a once hopeless cancer – melanoma that's spread to the brain. New research involving more than 2,700 U.S. patients is confirming what specialists in the field have long known – that "checkpoint blockade" treatment can beat back these devastating tumors. "Physicians who treat ...

How to Use Sunscreens the Right Way

Posted 10 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 – Stick or spray-on sunscreens are essential tools against skin cancer, but it's important to use them the right way, a dermatologist says. "Sticks are easy for under the eyes and the backs of the hands, while spray sunscreens are often easier to apply on children," Dr. Debra Wattenberg said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "However, it's important to ...

With Summer Here, Check for Signs of Skin Cancer

Posted 1 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 30, 2018 – During the summer when people trade in their jackets and jeans for flip flops and bathing suits, more skin is exposed to the sun's harmful UV rays. Dr. Katherine Gordon, assistant professor of dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said summer is the perfect time for people to get in the habit of checking their skin for signs of cancer. "We recommend ...

FDA Approves Mektovi (binimetinib) and Braftovi (encorafenib) in Combination for Unresectable or Metastatic Melanoma with BRAF Mutations

Posted 30 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

On June 27, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved encorafenib and binimetinib (Braftovi and Mektovi, Array BioPharma Inc.) in combination for patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma with a BRAF V600E or V600K mutation, as detected by an FDA-approved test. Approval was based on a randomized, active-controlled, open-label, multicenter trial (COLUMBUS; NCT01909453) in 577 ...

Array BioPharma Announces FDA Approval of Braftovi (encorafenib) in Combination with Mektovi (binimetinib) for Unresectable or Metastatic Melanoma with BRAF Mutations

Posted 30 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

BOULDER, Colo., June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Array BioPharma Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Braftovi capsules in combination with Mektovi tablets for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma with a BRAFV600E or BRAFV600K mutation, as detected by an FDA-approved test. Braftovi is not indicated for the ...

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