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July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Unlikely to Cause Melanoma, Researchers Conclude

June 23, 2015 — A rigorous analysis of more than 20,000 medical records concludes that erectile dysfunction drugs are not a cause of melanoma, an often deadly form of skin cancer, despite the higher risk for the ... read more

Researchers Discover Mechanism Leading to BRAF Inhibitor Resistance in Melanoma Patients

June 19, 2015 — The development of targeted therapies has significantly improved the survival of melanoma patients over the last decade; however, patients often relapse because many therapies do not kill all of the ... read more

Parkinson's Disease Appears Associated With Many Cancers in Taiwan

June 18, 2015 — Parkinson's disease appeared associated with 16 types of cancer in a study in Taiwan, an effort to explain the association in an East Asian population because most prior research has been ... read more

Discovery May Lead to Targeted Melanoma Therapies

June 17, 2015 — Melanoma patients with high levels of a protein that controls the expression of pro-growth genes are less likely to survive, according to a new study. The research team found that the protein, called ... read more

Sunscreen Confusion May Burn Shoppers

June 17, 2015 — Consumers may need more help navigating the sunscreen aisle. A new study found that many people seem to be confused by sunscreen terminology. Only 43 percent of people surveyed understood the ... read more

Probing Ways to Convince Young Women Not to Use Indoor Tanning

June 11, 2015 — Messages with images depicting the harsh realities of melanoma are more powerful than the text-only warning required by the US Food and Drug Administration in persuading women to reconsider indoor ... read more

Interest in Learning About Skin Cancer Appears to Increase During Summer

June 10, 2015 — Google searches for information on melanoma and skin cancer increased over the summer months during a five-year period, although the level of interest did not correlate with the melanoma mortality to ... read more

Trials Show Immune Drugs Effective in Advanced Melanomas

June 1, 2015 — Results of two clinical trials show continued promise of immune therapies nivolumab and pembrolizumab against advanced melanomas, specifically in the context of PD1 signaling that some tumors use to ... read more

New Perspective on Phantom Eye Syndrome

June 1, 2015 — Approximately half of patients who have an eye removed because of a form of eye cancer experience `phantom eye syndrome,' new research concludes. Patients with the condition experience ... read more

First Successful Study of Virus Attack on Cancer

May 28, 2015 — It's a new weapon in the arsenal of cancer fighting treatments: utilizing genetically modified viruses to invade cancer cells and destroy them from the inside. Now scientists have found that ... read more

Melanoma Rates Dramatically Increasing in Children and Young Adults

May 28, 2015 — The incidence of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, has increased by more than 250% among children, adolescents and young adults since 1973, according to new ... read more

Nivolumab Treatment in Melanoma Patients Has Manageable Safety Profile

May 28, 2015 — The monoclonal antibody nivolumab has shown promise as a therapeutic agent, particularly by improving the survival rates of melanoma patients. Medical researchers have presented data from a ... read more

New Target for Treating Drug-Resistant Melanoma Found

May 28, 2015 — A new study explains why some melanoma tumors are resistant to BRAF inhibitor treatment. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, killing more than 8,000 people in the U.S. each year. ... read more

Common Cancer Drug Increases Collagen in Melanoma

May 27, 2015 — Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and investigators are uncertain how its presence affects the behavior of melanoma cells. The goal of their study was to understand how the ... read more

State Regulations for Indoor Tanning Could Lead to a National Regulatory Framework

May 27, 2015 — A national regulatory framework designed to prevent and limit indoor tanning is needed to alleviate the cancer burden and reduce the billions in financial costs from preventable skin cancer, say two ... read more

Investigational Immunotherapy Treatment Shows Durable Response in Patients With Metastatic Melanoma

May 26, 2015 — Advanced-stage melanoma patients have significant improvement in durable response rate when treated with a genetically-modified form of a herpes virus, whose native form causes the common cold sore, ... read more

Surgery Followed by Ipilimumab Treatment in Melanoma Patients Improves Survival, Say Researchers

May 20, 2015 — A study has demonstrated that a drug called ipilimumab improves the relapse-free survival of advanced stage melanoma patients rendered free of disease surgically but at high risk for relapse. ... read more

Most Americans Don't Use Sunscreen, Study Shows

May 19, 2015 — Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the most preventable risk factor for all types of skin cancer. But according to new research, the majority of Americans are not regularly using sunscreen to ... read more

New Cancer Treatment, Prevention Studies Signal Major Advances for Children, Adults

May 14, 2015 — Results from four major studies have been announced by experts, showing that: use of a widely available vitamin pill reduces the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers; that early chemotherapy extends the ... read more

Advances Made With Pembrolizumab in Small Cell Lung Cancer

May 13, 2015 — The immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab is generally well tolerated in those with small cell lung cancer, one of the most difficult to treat forms of lung cancer when it is in advanced stages, ... read more

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