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Suggested link between radon and skin cancer
A new study published this week suggests that a link may exist between radon exposure and non-melanoma skin cancer. (2011-11-14)
Newly identified gene mutation adds to melanoma risk
A major international study has identified a novel gene mutation that appears to increase the risk of both inherited and sporadic cases of malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. (2011-11-13)
New approaches may prevent certain side effects in BRAF mutation-positive melanoma
Findings from preclinical studies in a skin cancer model showed that next-generation BRAF inhibitors used alone, or first-generation BRAF inhibitors used in combination with an epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor, may have the potential to prevent drug-induced skin lesions in BRAF mutation-positive patients treated for melanoma. (2011-11-13)
AACR-NCI-EORTC to hold molecular targets meeting in San Francisco
Progress in oncology drug development will take center stage Nov. (2011-11-09)
Jefferson is first academic medical center to offer FDA-approved BRAF mutation for melanoma patients
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the first academic medical center in the United States to offer the recently-approved US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) diagnostic tool that tests melanoma patients for the BRAF mutation (which occurs in about half of all cases) and ultimately determines if they'll benefit from a new, potentially life-saving drug. (2011-11-08)
Using Viagra to combat malignant melanoma
Many tumors cause chronic inflammations, which, in their turn, suppress specific attacks against the tumor by the immune system. (2011-11-08)
Researchers help in search for new ways to image, therapeutically target melanoma
Because the incidence of malignant melanoma is rising faster than any other cancer in the US, Moffitt Cancer Center researchers and colleagues at Intezyne Technologies Inc., Western Carolina University and the University of Arizona are working overtime to develop new technologies to aid in both malignant melanoma diagnosis and therapy. (2011-11-03)
Consortium gets $7.2 million contract renewal to promote phase II clinical trials
The National Cancer Institute recently awarded $7.2 million for the competitive renewal of the Southeast Phase two Consortium, led by Moffitt Cancer Center's Daniel Sullivan, M.D., executive vice president and associate center director for Clinical Investigations. (2011-10-28)
International symposium explores genetic link to mesothelioma and other cancers
The University of Hawaii Cancer Center and The Queen's Medical Center will host an international symposium on Friday, Dec. (2011-10-28)
Lab-made skin cells will aid transplantation, cancer, drug discovery research
Researchers have found a way to create melanocytes from mouse tail cells using embryonic stem cell-like intermediates called inducible pluripotent (iPS) cells. (2011-10-26)
Multidisciplinary research urged for optimal melanoma surgery
In an editorial published Oct. 23rd in The Lancet, UNC Lineberger member David Ollila, MD, and co-author John Thompson, MD, of the Melanoma Institute Australia, praise a new study on optimal margins for melanoma surgery but urge researchers to bring new molecular and genetic techniques to bear on the question of how to minimize the need for more complex surgical techniques while maximizing long-term patient survival. (2011-10-25)
Coffee consumption associated with decreased risk for basal cell carcinoma
Caffeine could be related to an inverse association between basal cell carcinoma risk and consumption of coffee, a study found. (2011-10-24)
Increased tanning bed use increases risk for deadly skin cancers
Researchers confirmed an association between tanning bed use and an increased risk for three common skin cancers -- basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, according to results presented at the 10th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct. (2011-10-24)
Smaller 2 cm excision margin for melanomas thicker than 2 mm results in similar levels of recurrence and death as larger 4 cm margin
Controversy surrounds what is the most appropriate surgical excision margin for skin melanomas thicker than 2 mm. (2011-10-23)
Some hair professionals report looking for skin cancer lesions on customers' scalp, neck and face
In a survey of hair professionals, some reported that they look at customers' face, scalp and neck for suspicious skin lesions, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-10-17)
Medical College of Wisconsin researchers show molecule inhibits metastasis
Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin have shown that a protein can inhibit metastasis of colon and melanoma cancers. (2011-10-10)
Genome-wide studies have identified new genes involved in susceptibility to melanoma
Identified genes are related to programmed cell death and DNA repair. (2011-10-09)
Scientists discover 3 new gene faults which could increase melanoma risk by 30 percent
An international team of researchers has discovered the first DNA faults linked to melanoma -- the deadliest skin cancer -- that are not related to hair, skin or eye color. (2011-10-09)
Invasive melanoma may be more likely in children than adults
A Johns Hopkins Children's Center study of young people with melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, has found that some children have a higher risk of invasive disease than adults. (2011-10-05)
AACR hosts molecular targets and cancer therapeutics conference
The conference is to highlight advances in cancer drug development. (2011-10-05)
Combination therapy beneficial for head and neck skin carcinomas, UNC study shows
Patients who have high-risk non-melanoma skin carcinomas of the head and neck may benefit from concomitant radiotherapy and chemotherapy, according to a UNC-led study. (2011-10-04)
Pale people may need vitamin D supplements
Fair-skinned people who burn quickly in the sun may need to take supplements to ensure they get the right amount of vitamin D, new research finds today. (2011-10-03)
AACR hosts 10th International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research
The conference is to highlight advances in preventing cancer before it strikes. (2011-10-03)
High blood pressure is linked to increased risk of developing or dying from cancer
Raised blood pressure is linked to a higher risk of developing cancer or dying from the disease according to the findings of the largest study to date to investigate the association between the two conditions. (2011-09-26)
Infusing chemotherapy into the liver gives extra months of disease-free life in melanoma patients
Final results from a Phase III trial of a new treatment called percutaneous hepatic perfusion in patients with melanoma of the eye (ocular or uveal melanoma) have demonstrated that it significantly extends the time patients can live without the disease progressing. (2011-09-23)
Stem cells, potential source of cancer-fighting T cells
Adult stem cells from mice converted to antigen-specific T cells -- the immune cells that fight cancer tumor cells -- show promise in cancer immunotherapy and may lead to a simpler, more efficient way to use the body's immune system to fight cancer, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. (2011-09-20)
Blood pressure drugs may lengthen lives of melanoma patients
Beta-blocker drugs, commonly used to treat high blood pressure, may also play a major role in slowing the progression of certain serious cancers, based on a new study. (2011-09-20)
Biological agents for rheumatoid arthritis associated with increased skin cancer risk
Biological agents used to treat rheumatoid arthritis seem to be associated with an increased risk of skin cancer, indicates a systematic review of published research in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. (2011-09-07)
Modelling melanocyte differentiation in zebrafish
Researchers at the University of Bath have combined genetic data with mathematical modeling to provide insights into cells and how they differentiate. (2011-09-01)
Patients' underlying health linked to worse outcomes for melanoma, U-M study finds
It's not how old but how frail patients are that can predict how well they will fare after a melanoma diagnosis. (2011-08-30)
New microscope might see beneath skin in 4-D
Other devices can take 3-D pictures of tissue below the surface of skin, but this new microscope adds an extra dimension: a spectroscopic (2011-08-29)
NIH-funded researchers discover genetic link to mesothelioma
Scientists have found that individuals who carry a mutation in a gene called BAP1 are susceptible to developing two forms of cancer -- mesothelioma, and melanoma of the eye. (2011-08-28)
DOE laboratories help develop promising new cancer fighting drug, vemurafenib
Powerful X-ray technology developed at the Department of Energy's national laboratories is revealing new insights into diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to the swine flu, and, most recently, enabled the discovery of a groundbreaking new drug treatment for malignant melanoma. (2011-08-18)
Tanning bed users exhibit brain changes and behavior similar to addicts
People who frequently use tanning beds may be spurred by an addictive neurological reward-and-reinforcement trigger, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in a pilot study. (2011-08-10)
Sentinel node biopsy safe, effective in head and neck melanomas, U-M study finds
A common technique for determining whether melanoma has spread can be used safely and effectively even in tumors from the head and neck area, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. (2011-08-05)
Combo therapies tested to overcome drug resistance in melanoma patients
Scientists at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center tested a combination of small molecules that may, when used with the BRAF inhibitors, help overcome this drug resistance and extend the lives of those with advanced melanoma. (2011-08-01)
Targeting PTEN may prevent skin cancer
The tumor suppressor PTEN played key role in radiation damage repair. (2011-07-26)
URMC researchers exploring keys to melanoma progression
University of Rochester researchers made an important discovery about proteins that underlie and stimulate melanoma, opening the door for a more targeted treatment in the future. (2011-07-20)
Benefit of PET in malignant melanoma is unclear
The relevance of positron emission tomography alone or in combination with computed tomography in patients with malignant melanoma cannot be currently assessed, as the studies presently available do not allow robust conclusions. (2011-07-20)
Melanoma screening by physicians associated with finding more cancers than patient self-detection
Physician-based screening for melanoma is associated with higher rates of physician-detected melanoma and detection of thinner melanoma, according to a report published Online First today by Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-07-18)
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