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. Study using mice and cells finds that chondroitin-4-sulfate, a widely used dietary supplement for osteoarthritis, drives cell growth in a type of melanoma.
  2. A new study finds that a 'friendly' bacterium, commonly found on healthy human skin and called Staphylococcus epidermidis, may protect against skin cancer.
  3. Researchers are testing a promising new gel-like medium capable of delivering a combination of therapeutic agents directly to the sites of primary tumors.
  4. Researchers used stem cells to create an anti-cancer vaccine, which they tested in 75 mice with various types of cancer. Here's what they found.
  5. A Spitz nevus is a type of noncancerous growth. In this article, learn about the types, diagnosis, and when to see a doctor to check for melanoma.
  6. A look at crepey skin, a common complaint where the skin looks thin and wrinkled. Included is detail on prevention and the role of nutrition.
  7. A look at itchy moles, a common complaint that can have a variety of causes. Included is detail on how to tell if a doctor should examine a mole.
  8. Seborrheic keratosis is a noncancerous condition that can look a lot like melanoma. In this article, learn about the difference and when to see a doctor.
  9. Amelanotic melanoma is a type of skin cancer that causes a growth or mole without any melanin. The growth may be pink or red. Learn more.
  10. Morphea is a rare skin condition that results in areas of skin becoming hardened or discolored. Learn more about the causes and prognosis.

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