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Old drug may provide new hope to melanoma patients

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(SOURCE: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL) – A drug once used to treat diabetes may be of big benefit to skin cancer patients. The treatment of choice for Type 2 diabetes prior to the introduction of metformin, phenformin was taken off the market in 1978 due to concerns about toxicity – it heightened the risk of a fatal […]

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Researchers explore how protein production gets distorted in skin cancer

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(SOURCE: ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY) – Each cell in the body follows a strict protocol for manufacturing the proteins it needs to function. When a cell turns cancerous, however, its protein production goes off script. A new study led by researchers at The Rockefeller University takes a close look at one way in which this procedure goes haywire in […]

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La Roche-Posay and the George Washington University Publish Unprecedented International Study on Sun Protection Behavior and Skin Cancer Awareness

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(SOURCE: GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY) – A large international survey on sun exposure behaviors and skin cancer detection found there are many imperfections and geographical inequalities in primary and secondary prevention of skin cancer. This information could help inform future awareness campaigns developed to address the global need to reduce mid- and long-term development of skin cancer. […]

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Melanoma Treatment News: PROMISING NEW DRUG STOPS SPREAD OF MELANOMA BY 90 PERCENT

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(SOURCE: MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY) – Michigan State University researchers have discovered that a chemical compound, and potential new drug, reduces the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90 percent. The man-made, small-molecule drug compound goes after a gene’s ability to produce RNA molecules and certain proteins in melanoma tumors. This gene activity, or transcription process, […]

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Skin Cancer Research News: Topical treatment activates immune system to clear precancerous skin lesions

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(SOURCE: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL) – A combination of two FDA-approved drugs – a topical chemotherapy and an immune-system-activating compound – was able to rapidly clear actinic keratosis lesions from patients participating in a clinical trial. Standard treatment for this common skin condition, which can lead to the development of squamous cell carcinoma, takes up to a month […]

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Skin Cancer Research News: Research Providing Promising New Treatments for Melanoma

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(SOURCE: LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER) – In a paper published online November 30, 2016, in Melanoma Management, Adam Riker, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Oncology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, reviews approaches to manage melanoma, including one tested at LSU Health New Orleans that provoked a complete response in […]

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Melanoma Research News: Study Shows a Decrease in Gene P15 Can Determine if a Nevus is Transitioning to Melanoma

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(UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) According to a recent press release, most melanomas are driven by mutations that spur out-of-control cell replication, while nevi (moles composed of non-cancerous cells at the skin surface) harboring the same mutations do not grow wildly. However, changes in the level of gene expression can cause nevi to become […]

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Skin Cancer News: Understanding Risk Factors Could Help Catch Melanomas

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(UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY) According to a recent press release, the new study, published online by JAMA Dermatology, identifies high risk patients who may benefit from tailored surveillance. The incidence of melanoma that occurs on the skin is increasing in predominantly white-skinned populations and Australia’s incidence is among the highest in the world.