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Melanoma Patients Treated With Rx Combination Lived Longer
Once melanoma skin cancer spreads to other parts of the body, patients' survival rates drop. But treatment with a combination of medications may increase survival in these patients.
Fashion Changes May Explain Increase in Serious Skin Cancer
The porcelain skin and full-coverage dresses of the early 1900s have given way to the deep tans and bikinis popular today. Changing perceptions of beauty and fluxes in fashion trends may explain increases in cases of melanoma.
FDA Approves Rx for Melanoma
Some advanced melanoma patients don't respond to available medicines and cannot have surgery. Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new medicine that could help those patients.
New Rx for Melanoma Approved
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for treatment of patients with advanced or unresectable melanoma who are no longer responding to other drugs.
Airplane Crews May Have Heightened Skin Cancer Risk
Melanoma is a life-threatening form of skin cancer associated with getting too much sun, and it may be a hazard for those who work on airplanes.
Safety Tips for Outdoor Sun Fun
Some of the hottest months of the year are here, and people are spending time outside, enjoying the sunshine, producing vitamin D and soaking up the ultraviolet (UV) rays. Practicing sun safety can keep harmful sunburns and other risks away and keep the fun going.
Light vs. Freezing for Actinic Keratosis
Spending lots of time under the sun's harmful rays can cause skin patches called actinic keratoses (AKs). In some cases, these scaly, rough patches can turn into skin cancer, so doctors usually recommend removing them. But what's the best way to remove them?
Surgeon General Issues Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer
We're now in the heart of summer, which means many of us are spending more time outside and in the sun. So, it seems to be an appropriate moment to address skin cancer risk and prevention — which is exactly what the US surgeon general is doing.
Pain and Itch May Indicate Skin Cancer
Dermatologists use a number of observational and laboratory methods to evaluate suspicious skin marks when looking for cancer. But a new study suggests simply asking a patient to evaluate itchiness or pain can help doctors make informed decisions.
Surgery for Melanoma That Has Spread May Extend Life
People with a type of skin cancer that has spread to the liver may live only four to five months, but doctors may be able to extend that time frame for some patients.