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Insights in Melanoma: A National and Local Perspective
'Insights in Melanoma: A National and Local Perspective' is a conference at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center on May 1, 2015. Experts from Hawaii and the nation will present information on advances in skin cancer prevention, research and treatment. (2015-02-12)

Vitamin therapy may help prevent melanoma
A new review highlights the potential of nicotinamide (vitamin B3) for preventing melanoma in high-risk individuals. (2017-08-09)

What are risk factors for melanoma in kidney transplant recipients?
Kidney transplant patients appear to be at a greater risk of developing melanoma than the general population and risk factors include being older, male and white, findings that corroborate results demonstrated in other studies, according to a new article published by JAMA Dermatology. (2017-07-26)

Genetics of melanoma chemoresistance
Malignant melanoma is a highly aggressive and notoriously chemoresistant form of cancer. In this paper, Ohanna et al. reveal that anti-melanoma drugs may, paradoxically, induce a senescence-associated secretory profile ( (2011-06-05)

Early diagnosis key to melanoma cure
A combined strategy of public education and early diagnosis currently offers the only hope of cure for people with melanoma, warn senior doctors in this week's BMJ. (2006-04-27)

Retrovirus Transforms Normal Animal Cells Into Cancer Cells, Finds University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Researchers
The first evidence that a retrovirus causes melanoma development is being presented by University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute researchers on April 16 at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in San Diego. Scientists showed that C-typeecotropic retrovirus can infect normal mouse melanocytes and transformed them into melanoma cells. (1997-04-16)

An epidemic of overdiagnosis: Melanoma diagnoses sky rocket
In a Sounding Board article, Welch and colleagues present evidence for why they believe that increased diagnostic scrutiny is the primary driver of the rapid rise in melanoma diagnoses. (2021-01-06)

Melanoma research receives a massive funding boost
NSW cancer researchers from the Sydney Melanoma Unit have received over $11 million to advance their world-leading research into the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. (2005-07-06)

Is melanoma being overdiagnosed in the United States?
New research published online by the BMJ today (Thursday 4 August 2005) suggests that melanoma is being overdiagnosed in the United States. (2005-08-03)

New insight into drug resistance in metastatic melanoma
Now researchers from the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute at The University of Manchester -- part of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre -- have explored what happens in melanoma cells following inhibition of BRAF. (2014-06-03)

Markey's D'Orazio receives funding to further skin cancer research
It's well-known that excessive UV exposure can lead to skin cancer -- but Dr. John D'Orazio at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center focuses his research on exactly why this happens, with the hopes of eventually developing longer-lasting forms of UV protection other than topical sunscreen. (2015-08-10)

Knowing risk factors could help catch melanomas
University of Sydney researchers and their collaborators have pinpointed risk factors that could help doctors tailor individuals' skin examinations and catch melanoma at an early stage. (2016-11-09)

New drug, Vemurafenib, doubles survival of metastatic melanoma patients
A report published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that the 50 percent of metastatic melanoma patients with a specific genetic mutation benefit from the drug Vemurafenib -- increasing median survival from about six months to 15.9 months. In patients who responded, the drug stopped cancer progression for a median 6.7 months. (2012-02-29)

Professor discovers way to slow the growth of malignant melanoma
New Queen's University research has shown that the growth of melanoma, one of the most deadly forms of skin cancer, can be slowed when a little known gene called microRNA 193b is added. (2010-07-08)

AACR news: New target plus new drug equals death of melanoma cells
Collaborative research presented by the University of Colorado Cancer Center, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh, at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Conference, shows that the protein receptor Mer is overexpressed in melanoma and that the investigational drug UNC1062 blocks Mer survival signaling in these cells, killing them. (2013-04-09)

First Canadian professorship in melanoma research established
A $1 million donation in memory of Mrs. Mary Johnston establishes Canada's first chair in melanoma research at the Alberta Cancer Board's Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. (2006-05-16)

Lymphatic endothelial cells promote melanoma to spread
The lymph vessel endothelial cells play an active role in the spread of melanoma, according to the new study conducted at the University of Helsinki. The researchers found that growing human melanoma cells in co-cultures with human primary lymphatic endothelial cells revealed crosstalk of cancer cells with the tumour microenvironment leading to the increased invasive growth of melanoma cells and distant organ metastasis in a mouse tumour model. (2018-05-01)

Aspirin may lower melanoma risk
A new study has found that women who take aspirin have a reduced risk of developing melanoma -- and that the longer they take it, the lower the risk. The findings suggest that aspirin's anti-inflammatory effects may help protect against this type of skin cancer. The study is published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. (2013-03-11)

FDA approves Adjuvant Yervoy in melanoma based on results of EORTC trial 18071
Based on the results of EORTC trial 18071, the FDA expanded the approval of Yervoy (ipilimumab) in melanoma to include adjuvant treatment of patients with stage 3 melanoma at high risk of recurrence following complete resection. (2015-11-13)

Melanoma drug shrinks brain metastases in phase I/II study
A new drug being developed to treat potentially deadly melanoma skin cancers has shown a promising ability to shrink secondary tumors, known as metastases, in the brain in patients with advanced forms of the disease, Australian researchers report. (2010-10-10)

MOHS Surgery At Emory University Helps Prevent Melanoma Recurrence
Dermatologic surgeons at Emory University are studying the use of a tissue-sparing surgical technique called MOHS for lentigo-maligna melanoma (1997-04-24)

Declines in melanoma deaths limited to the most educated
A new study from the American Cancer Society finds recent declines in melanoma mortality rates in non-Hispanic Whites in the US mainly reflect declines in those with the highest level of education, and reveals a widening disparity in melanoma mortality rates by education. (2012-01-16)

Tanning devices - Fast track to skin cancer?
An all over tan is fashionable and many people, especially young women, achieve this by using sunbeds. In Pigment Cell Research, February, Professor Antony Young, has reviewed evidence linking sunbed use to malignant melanoma; a cancer of the skin's cells that are responsible for tanning (melanocytes), and fatal if not detected and treated early. New data published this week shows that malignant melanoma in the UK has increased by 24% in the period 1995-2000. (2004-01-15)

Loss of cilia leads to melanoma
Most cells in the human body have a cilium, a slender cell protuberance that picks up signals from the cell's external environment. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown that these fine sensory antennae play a key role in the formation of melanoma. When cilia are prevented from developing in benign pigment cells, the cells degenerate and develop an aggressive form of melanoma. (2018-07-02)

Five things to know about melanoma
'Five things to know about ... melanoma' in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides a brief overview of this malignant skin cancer for physicians and patients. (2019-05-13)

Study identifies risk factors for multiple melanoma skin cancer
Patients with a family history of multiple melanoma skin cancer are at increased risk of multiple primary melanomas, according to a study in the October 5 issue of JAMA. (2005-10-04)

Skin cancers linked with reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease
Previous studies have demonstrated a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in individuals with various cancers, including non-melanoma skin cancers (including squamous cell cancers and basal cell cancers). (2018-04-19)

A downward trend for new cases of pediatric melanoma
Melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer that has been increasing in incidence in adults over the past 40 years. Although pediatric melanoma is rare (5-6 children per million), most studies indicate that incidence has been increasing. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that the incidence of pediatric melanoma in the United States actually has decreased from 2004-2010. (2015-04-09)

Study examines melanoma incidence, death
A new research letter published online by JAMA Dermatology updates information on trends in melanoma incidence and death in the United States since 2009. (2016-12-21)

Radiation Therapy Effective In Treating Advanced Stages Of Melanoma
Radiation therapy prevents local relapses of melanoma (skin cancer) and also improves the quality of life of patients whose disease has spread, a new study in Germany has found. (1997-10-03)

Do elevated mercury levels in the blood increase skin cancer risk?
Higher levels of mercury in the blood were linked with a higher prevalence of non-melanoma skin cancer, the most common human malignancy, in a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. (2020-02-05)

Study examines potential link between partner bereavement and skin cancer
Psychological stress has been proposed as a risk factor for melanoma, but clinical evidence is limited. A recent British Journal of Dermatology study funded by the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology looked for a potential link between the death of a partner, which is one of the most stressful life events, and melanoma. (2020-03-04)

Study finds that obesity surgery is associated with a massive fall in risk of melanoma skin cancer
New research presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, Austria (May 23-26), shows that obesity (bariatric) surgery is associated with a 61 percent fall in the risk of developing malignant melanoma skin cancer, and a 42 percent drop in the risk of skin cancer in general. The study is by Magdalena Taube and colleagues from University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (2018-05-23)

Melanoma uses body's immune system to spread to lungs
The way melanoma cells use the immune system to spread and develop into lung tumors may lead to a therapy to decrease development of these tumors, according to Penn State researchers. (2010-10-07)

Researchers observe an increased risk of cancer in people with history of non-melanoma skin cancer
Researchers found that people with a history of non-melanoma skin cancer had a modestly increased risk of getting cancer in the future, specifically breast and lung cancer in women and melanoma in both men and women. (2013-04-23)

Early detection of thick melanomas
Despite campaigns promoting early detection and increased awareness of melanoma (skin cancer) the proportion of the most aggressive and deadly form of melanoma remains the same, according to an article in the June issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2005-06-20)

Fatty diet does not increase risk of skin cancer
Eating fatty food does not appear to increase the risk of skin cancer. A study published today in the open access journal BMC Cancer contradicts previous research that showed a link between high fat intake and certain types of skin cancer. The results of this latest study suggest that high fat intake might even play a protective role in the development of non-melanoma skin cancer. (2006-05-29)

Smoking may limit body's ability to fight dangerous form of skin cancer
Melanoma patients with a history of smoking cigarettes are 40 percent less likely to survive their skin cancer than people who have never smoked, according to a new report funded by Cancer Research UK. (2019-02-17)

Indoor tanning, even without burning, increases the risk of melanoma
People sometimes use indoor tanning in the belief that this will prevent burns when they tan outdoors. However, indoor tanning raises the risk of developing melanoma even if a person has never had burns from either indoor or outdoor tanning, according to a study published May 29 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2014-05-28)

Initial results from first international trial of immunotherapy show it may help some melanoma patients
Preliminary results from the first ever Phase III trial of immunotherapy show that it has no advantage in melanoma patients with advanced disease. But in patients who have not yet developed symptoms from the spread of their cancer, the treatment may be promising. (2000-10-16)

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