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.
The Vitamin D and Skin Cancer Quandry
After a host of scientific studies linking low levels of vitamin D and various diseases, here comes a study that suggests just the opposite. But maybe not. Don't you just love conflicting health news?
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.
Shunning the Sun Makes Cancer Sense
Staying out of the sun during particular hours and wearing a full-spectrum sun screen are common sense ways to protect yourself from the sun. For cancer patients, these precautions are even more important.
Preventing Skin Cancer
Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common form of cancer in the United States. Scientists may have found a way to repair the damage sun exposure causes before cancer develops.
A Cure for Sunburn May be on Horizon
Sunburns are not only painful, but we all know the bad health effects of sun damage. From melanoma and cataracts to premature aging, a sunburn is extremely harmful for your skin.
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.