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Skin Cancer September 2008 Archive

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John McCain's Melanoma

Thursday September 25, 2008
You've probably heard that U.S. presidential candidate Senator John McCain is a melanoma survivor. There has been considerable controversy in recent weeks about how this history would affect his presidency. ... Read More

Progress for Two New Melanoma Drugs

Tuesday September 23, 2008
Incremental progress in melanoma treatment has been reported at the Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology held in Sweden last week: Ipilumumab -- Three phase II clinical trials have ... Read More

Cautionary Tale from Teenage Melanoma Victim

Thursday September 18, 2008
Kelli Pedroia was a typical teenager: sunbathing during the summer, going to tanning salons frequently, and vacationing in the Caribbean. Then she was diagnosed with melanoma at aged 18, the ... Read More

UK Doctors Urge Ban on Tanning Salons

Thursday September 18, 2008
The Guardian newspaper reported today that British physicians are recommending a ban on tanning salons (called "sunbeds" over there) for children under 18 years old. This is in reaction to ... Read More

Melanoma Trial Fails

Wednesday September 17, 2008
A large phase III melanoma trial in Europe has ended in disappointment. The study, one of the biggest ever of people with stage IV melanoma, examined if a high dose ... Read More

New Genetic Risk Factor for Melanoma Found

Tuesday September 16, 2008
Researchers have found a new gene mutation that increases one's risk for developing melanoma. The culprit is a gene known as cyclin D1, which usually is involved in controlling cell ... Read More

Blood Pressure Medications May Lower Risk for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers

Friday September 12, 2008
There may be an upside to having high blood pressure. A new study shows that medications used to treat hypertension -- specifically, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers ... Read More

Melanoma and Pregnancy: Five Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday September 10, 2008
Sobering statistic of the day: about one-third of women are of child-bearing age when diagnosed with melanoma. At the American Academy of Dermatology meeting in Chicago a few weeks ago, ... Read More

Addicted to Tanning

Friday September 5, 2008
If you're like me, you probably assumed that the tanning salon fad went out of fashion in the 1980s along with Trivial Pursuit and parachute pants. Well, it seems we're ... Read More

Skin Cancer May Increase Risk of Other Cancers

Thursday September 4, 2008
Previous research has shown being diagnosed with basal or squamous cell cancer can increase the future likelihood of getting melanoma. In a new study, Anthony Alberg, PhD, of the Medical ... Read More

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