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. Gleevec (imatinib) is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s used to treat certain types of blood cancers, including Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). It’s also used to treat certain types of skin cancer and gastrointestinal cancer. Learn about side effects and more.
  2. A new study suggests that people who have a higher vitamin A intake may have a lower risk of developing a common form of skin cancer.
  3. Scientists find that fat cells transfer gene-altering proteins to melanoma cells, making them more aggressive. They also show a way to block this process.
  4. Black people can get skin cancer, though it is less likely to affect them than people with lighter skin. For darker-skinned people, it usually occurs on lighter areas of the skin. Learn more here.
  5. According to a large-scale new study, iron levels that are excessively high may cause bacterial skin infections, such as cellulitis and abscesses.
  6. Many people may be tempted to craft their own sunscreens out of all-natural ingredients. However, such creams will likely fail to offer any protection.
  7. 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.
  8. An international study has identified gut bacteria that activate the immune system to slow melanoma growth in mice and highlights a key signaling pathway.
  9. 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.
  10. Melanoma is notoriously difficult to treat. Recently, scientists have looked to marine bacteria to find novel ways of attacking this type of skin cancer.

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