Health News

Melanoma Detection Device Gaining Approval
Dermatologists have no true test for determining if a skin lesion may be melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. A new tool is gaining approval that will give physicians more reliable information to detect the disease when it's most curable.
Stronger Muscles Survive Cancer Better
A person's overall health at the time cancer strikes does have an impact on their survival. A new study shows that this is especially true for melanoma patients of all ages.
Late-Stage Melanoma Drug Approved
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Zelboraf (vemurafenib), a drug to treat patients with late-stage (metastatic) or unresectable (cannot be removed by surgery) melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.
An Expensive Tanning Deal
Bronze, golden skin is part of the definition of American beauty. Many people have resorted to tanning beds, which seems to be accompanied by addiction and skin cancer. Researchers have found why tanners can’t stop tanning.
Bed Time's a No No
Many children and adolescents establish a great tan this summer. With school starting soon, they might be tempted to extend the tan with trips to tanning beds.
Cancer in America
Earlier this year, the American Cancer Society released the latest figures on the state of the nation's battle against the world's most dreaded disease. The good news is that cancer death rates are down across the board. The not-so-good news is that less educated Americans are dying prematurely in greater numbers.
Treating it at the Source
While the incidence of many cancers has been declining in recent years, the same can't be said for melanoma. The disease is rising dramatically among young people. Now, scientists may have a way to nip this cancer at its source.
Online Tool Offers Personalized Melanoma Options
Cathy, the heroine on The Big C should know about this. As a stage IV melanoma patient, she could use a free online tool to find the best treatment options for her individual case.
An Aspirin a Day may Keep Melanoma Away
Taking a low-dose aspirin a day is known to help ward off heart disease. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) protect against colorectal cancer. Now this same therapy may work to keep another serious disease at bay.
Heart Transplant Patients Have Higher Skin Cancer Risk
Those receiving heart transplants expect there will be numerous risks from the procedure itself to infections following the operation. There may be additional, unexpected disease risks though, according to a new study.