Melanoma

Skin cancer detection: every clinician's responsibility

Skin cancer detection: every clinician's responsibility

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More cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year than of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined, and early detection is critical.

Blood test may improve advanced melanoma tracking

Blood test may improve advanced melanoma tracking

A new blood test assesses levels of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in patients with unresectable stage IIIC/IV melanoma.

When "you'll be fine," isn't fine

When "you'll be fine," isn't fine

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Clinicians should communicate thoroughly with patients to ensure their injuries will heal properly based on their lifestyle.

Laser technique accurately identifies melanoma

Laser technique accurately identifies melanoma

A non-invasive laser test can accurately identify melanoma with 100% accuracy.

Fewer moles linked to more aggressive melanoma

Fewer moles linked to more aggressive melanoma

Many moles increases melanoma risk, but fewer moles are linked to more aggressive forms of melanoma.

Hazardous sunburn art trend popular on social media

Hazardous sunburn art trend popular on social media

Clinicians should warn patients about the dangers of sunburn and discourage this new trend.

Lifestyle, not ED medication, raises melanoma risk

Lifestyle, not ED medication, raises melanoma risk

Men who took erectile dysfunction medication had increased risk for melanoma, but it is probably due to lifestyle factors.

Methylsulfonylmethane may alleviate osteoarthritis burden

Methylsulfonylmethane may alleviate osteoarthritis burden

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Methylsulfonylmethane may help treat osteoarthritis and may eventually create a way to detect melanoma.

Coffee may lower melanoma risk

Coffee may lower melanoma risk

People who drank one to three cups a day had about a 10% decreased risk of melanoma compared with those who drank none at all.

Presence, pain intensity, itch may be signs of skin cancer

Presence, pain intensity, itch may be signs of skin cancer

The prevalence of itch was 36.9%, and the prevalence of pain was 28.2% across all skin cancer, but these symptoms were mainly absent in melanomas

Melanoma risk elevated in patients with HIV/AIDS

Melanoma risk elevated in patients with HIV/AIDS

Avoiding unnecessary sun exposure and routine melanoma screenings help protect patients with HIV/AIDS.

Save a life with early detection of melanoma

Save a life with early detection of melanoma

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Brush up on the basics of preventing, recognizing and addressing melanoma among your patient ranks.

FDA approves melanoma combo treatment

FDA approves melanoma combo treatment

Mekinist plus tafinlar is newly approved for people with late-stage melanoma who have certain mutations in the BRAF V600E and V600K genes.

Skin cancer hidden under tattoos

Skin cancer hidden under tattoos

Doctors discourage getting tattoos over pre-existing lesions after discovering a cancerous mole on a patient during tattoo removal.

Early diagnosis of malignant melanoma

Early diagnosis of malignant melanoma

Surveillance on the part of primary-care clinicians is critical to the 
timely identification of cancerous lesions in at-risk individuals.

Melanoma diagnostic criteria not accurate for kids

Melanoma diagnostic criteria not accurate for kids

Adding several additional criteria such as amelanosis, bleeding and color uniformity, among others, may aid in better melanoma detection.

Is there an occupational cancer risk with flying?

Is there an occupational cancer risk with flying?

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Has any research been conducted to determine whether the incidence of various types of skin cancer is greater in people who fly for a living compared with the general public?

U.S. pediatric melanoma rates on the rise

U.S. pediatric melanoma rates on the rise

The incidence of pediatric melanoma has increased by about 2% per year since 1973.

Melanoma survivors still skip sunscreen, use tanning beds

Melanoma survivors still skip sunscreen, use tanning beds

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One-in-four melanoma survivors report they do not wear sunscreen when going outside on a warm sunny day.

Improving melanoma awareness in men

Improving melanoma awareness in men

Men typically seek treatment after melanoma has already progressed to later stages, accounting for higher mortally rates compared with women.

Indoor tanning linked to rising melanoma rates

Indoor tanning linked to rising melanoma rates

Melanoma risk increases with each additional session of sunbed use per year, and for those whose first use was before age 35 years.

Quantity, frequency important in sunscreen application

Quantity, frequency important in sunscreen application

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Patients may already know they should use a SPF 30 sunscreen, but are they applying it properly?

Don't let patients tan their lives away

Don't let patients tan their lives away

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Teen girls will come up with 100 reasons to use tanning beds. We as health-care providers need to give parents one really big reason to say no.

Rising melanoma rates highest among young women

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More young adults, particularly women, are being diagnosed with cutaneous melanoma, but overall and disease-specific survival is improving.

Cutaneous melanoma risk elevated in cancer survivors

Cutaneous melanoma risk elevated in cancer survivors

Highest risk seen for patients with previous diagnosis of cutaneous melanoma

FDA approves melanoma diagnostic device

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MelaFind, a computer-assisted melanoma-detecting device developed by MELA Sciences, has received FDA pre-market approval (PMA) for use on atypical cutaneous pigmented lesions.

Teens and indoor tanning: communicating health risks

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When discussing indoor tanning with adolescent patients, appealing to their sense of vanity can go a long way toward dissuading them from engaging in risky behaviors.

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