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. A new study finds a link between a drug used widely to treat inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, and vasculitis and a common form of skin cancer.
  2. A team of experts has conducted tests in mice for a potent new vaccine against melanoma. So far, the researchers have observed a 100 percent success rate.
  3. Melanoma is a type of cancer that affects the skin cells. If it has progressed to stage 4, this means it has spread beyond the skin to other organs, such as the liver, brain, or lungs. In this article, learn about survival rates, traditional treatments, and new treatment methods, such as targeted therapy drugs.
  4. A new analysis finds that individuals who have multiple cases of a common skin cancer are more likely to develop cancer elsewhere in the body.
  5. Most bleeding moles result from superficial cuts or snags. A person can treat a bleeding mole at home by applying pressure and a bandage. However, if a mole bleeds for no apparent reason, or it starts to resemble an open sore, speak to a doctor. In this article, learn about these and other symptoms of melanoma.
  6. There is no cure for cancer, but successful treatment can remove all signs of it. Doctors may base the outlook on the 5-year relative survival rate. This is the percentage of people likely to survive for 5 years after diagnosis compared to people without cancer. Here, we look at seven cancers with high survival rates.
  7. A new study shows that the antipsychotics perphenazine and fluphenazine can successfully destroy cancer cells in cell cultures and rodents.
  8. A new study into U.S. cancer data finds that checkpoint blockade immunotherapy doubles median overall survival in melanoma patients with brain metastases.
  9. While studying the epigenetic changes associated with melanoma, researchers found an unexpected link with hair-like projections on cells called cilia.
  10. A recent study followed individuals who had undergone obesity surgery. They found that the procedure significantly reduced their risk of skin cancer.

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