News about Melanoma

Skin cancers include melanoma, basal cell, and squamous cell. Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the melanocytes – the cells that produce the skin coloring or pigment known as melanin. Basal and squamous cell skin cancers are called non-melanomas. Most basal and squamous cell cancers develop on sun-exposed areas of the skin, like the face, ear, neck, lips, and the backs of the hands. Basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma cancers are almost always curable when they are found in the very early stages.
  1. Potential causes of a lump on the neck include swollen lymph nodes, acne, and cysts. The type of treatment depends on the cause. Learn more about the various causes of a lump on the neck here.
  2. An international study has identified gut bacteria that activate the immune system to slow melanoma growth in mice and highlights a key signaling pathway.
  3. A Ph.D. student has designed a cost-effective and easy-to-use device that can quickly detect cancerous skin cells. Catching cancer earlier can save lives.
  4. Melanoma is notoriously difficult to treat. Recently, scientists have looked to marine bacteria to find novel ways of attacking this type of skin cancer.
  5. New research examines the genetic chain reaction that causes a particularly aggressive form of melanoma and finds a way to stop it.
  6. A new study has finally identified a mechanism that allows skin cancer to become aggressive. The discovery also suggests a novel therapeutic approach.
  7. New research finds that therapy with a genetically modified herpes virus is highly effective in the treatment of stage 3 melanoma, with few side effects.
  8. A recent study examines melanoma mortality across the United States. The researchers identify large differences between states. Why could this be?
  9. Researchers have discovered a new drug combination that may be able to boost cancer treatment while also preventing tumors from becoming therapy-resistant.
  10. Recent research suggests that stopping the proteins LRP1 and tPA from interacting could form the basis of a treatment to halt metastasis in melanoma.

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