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  1. -05-30-09 New Vaccine for Melanoma Cancer (MSNBC News)
      "For the first time, a novel treatment that trains the immune system to fight cancer has shown modest benefit in late-stage testing against the deadly skin cancer melanoma."

      "The approach is called a cancer vaccine, even though it treats disease rather than prevents it. In a study of about 180 patients already getting standard therapy, the vaccine doubled the number of patients whose tumors shrank, and extended the time until their cancer worsened by about six weeks." 05-09

  2. -07-11-08 Skin Cancer Increasing Among Younger Women (MSNBC News)
      "Increasing numbers of younger women continue to receive diagnoses of the most dangerous form of skin cancer even as the rate of new cases has leveled off in younger men, federal health officials reported yesterday." 07-08

  1. "See" Skin Damage from the Sun (CBS News)
      "An image published in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine paints a clear picture of what kind of damage the sun can cause a person's skin." 06-12

  2. -06-27-05 New Test for Skin Damage (ABC News)
      "The warnings about the link between excessive exposure to sunlight and skin cancer are well-known: one in five Americans will get skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Melanoma kills more young women than any other cancer, and the risk of developing it has doubled in the past decade."

      "Now dermatologists have a new way to show patients how the sun has damaged the skin with the help of ultraviolet photography." 6-05

  3. -New Drug Treats Skin Cancer (U.S. News)
      "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave its approval to Zelboraf (vemurafenib), a first-of-its-kind drug for the treatment of an often lethal form of melanoma."

      "The drug targets a gene mutation that's present in about half of melanomas, the deadliest form of skin cancer.” 08-11

  4. Advances in Protection from the Sun (ABC News)
      "The most promising new products are sunscreen lotions containing an ingredient called Helioplex. It is being called the most important advance in sunscreen in 20 years." 07-06

  5. Basal Cell Carcinoma (
      "Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, affecting 800,000 Americans each year. In fact, it is the most common of all cancers. One out of every three new cancers is a skin cancer, and the vast majority are basal cell carcinomas, often referred to by the abbreviation, BCC." 07-06.

  6. Basal Cell Carcinoma - How Dangerous Is It? (Mayo Clinic)
      "It is usually not dangerous if it is diagnosed and properly treated in its early stages when the cure rate is in the range of 95 percent. It rarely spreads (metastasizes) to lymph nodes or remote locations." 07-06.

  7. Dermatologist: Pill Can Help Against Sunburn and Maybe Skin Cancer (ABC News)
      "Heliocare, made from the extract of a tropical fern that has been used for generations in folk medicine to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, is an herbal supplement that you can take daily to prevent sun damage." 07-06

  8. Little Known Dangers of Tattoos (U.S. News)
      "We know so woefully little about tattoos. The Food and Drug Administration, which goes after cosmetics with a vengeance, does not regulate the tattoo industry. In fact, no one really knows exactly what's in the numerous commercial and homemade inks. But they do contain solvents and metals like lead and mercury and a range of impurities acceptable for computer printers or car paint—but not for human injection."

      "Upwards of 50 percent of those who get tattoos later wish they hadn't. Their regrets become medical when they visit a dermatologist to have the tattoos removed, which is both painful and expensive." 07-08

  9. Melanoma - Skin Cancer (National Cancer Institute)
      Provides information on the prevention, risk factors, and treatment of skin cancer or melanoma, as well as side effects of treatment. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. 10-12

  10. Melanoma - Skin Cancer (
      "One of the first indications of Melanoma is a mole or spot on the skin that changes in shape, size or color. Also, a spot that looks uniquely different from your other freckles or moles is worth having checked out by a dermatologist." 10-12

  11. Melanoma - Skin Cancer Treatment Success (USA Today)
      "Researchers have scored the first big win against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. An experimental drug significantly improved survival in a major study of people with very advanced disease." 05-10

  12. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (
      "Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common skin cancer after basal cell carcinoma, afflicts more than 200,000 Americans each year. It arises from the epidermis and resembles the squamous cells that comprise most of the upper layers of skin. SCCs may occur on all areas of the body including the mucous membranes, but are most common in areas exposed to the sun." 07-06.


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