Skin Cancer

Routine primary care screening improves detection of melanomas

Routine primary care screening improves detection of melanomas

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Primary care screening can help patients avoid the need for more aggressive therapy and potentially save lives.

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.

Gorlin basal cell nevus syndrome: diagnosis and management

Gorlin basal cell nevus syndrome: diagnosis and management

Learn about nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, including how to diagnose and manage this genetic condition.

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.

Evidence lacking to assess benefits/harm of visual skin cancer screening

Evidence lacking to assess benefits/harm of visual skin cancer screening

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The USPTF has determined that there is insufficient evidence for the harms and benefits of visual skin cancer screening.

Skin checks in the emergency department

Skin checks in the emergency department

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Performing skin checks during other procedures can identify abnormalities that would otherwise be overlooked.

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.

Beach medicine pearls (and seashell lacerations)

Beach medicine pearls (and seashell lacerations)

Fun at the beach exposes children and adults to a number of hazards—some avoidable, such as sunburn, and some less so.

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.

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

The two most common forms of skin cancer

The two most common forms of skin cancer

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The start of the "sun-worshipping season" is a good time to review the primary-care basics of basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.

Melanoma risk up in those with IBD

Melanoma risk up in those with IBD

Meta-analysis based on cohort studies finds link between IBD and increased risk for developing melanoma.

Indoor tanning common in young women

Indoor tanning common in young women

Prevalence increases with age for high-school students, peaking in the 18 to 21 age group and decreasing with age among 18- to 34-year-olds.

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.

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?

Asymptomatic red lesions

Asymptomatic red lesions

Two patients present with asymptomatic red lesions -- a 60-year-old man, whose lesion was present for five years before beginning to bleed, and a 27-year-old man whose lesion doubled in size during a two year period. Can you differentiate between the two?

USPSTF recommends skin cancer prevention counseling for kids

USPSTF recommends skin cancer prevention counseling for kids

Counseling moderately increases the use of sun-protective behaviors in 10- to 24-year-old patients who are at high risk for skin cancer.

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.

FDA approves basal cell carcinoma treatment

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The FDA has approved vismodegib as the first treatment for basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.

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.

Newly developed brown papules

Newly developed brown papules

Two patients present with newly developed brown papules. The first patient, a 45-year-old man, presented with a new mole that continues to grow and is associated with occasional pruritus and bleeding. The second patient, a 47-year-old man, presented with a 6-month history of a brown, growing "mole." Can you differentiate between the two?

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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