Skin CancerInfo Center
Skin Cancer & Sun-Sensitive Meds
Why do certain medications come with a warning that they can make people more sensitive to ultraviolet light? It’s because too much sun while on those meds can raise skin cancer risks.
Skin Cancer Rates Rising
Skin cancer rates have been on the rise for years. The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect the skin from sunlight and avoid tanning beds.
Bring Tunes to Skin Cancer Surgery
Undergoing a long skin cancer surgery while awake could make anyone anxious. Why not put on a pair of earphones and jam out to help pass the time and calm the nerves?
HIV Positive? Check for Skin Cancer
If you have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), you may have a higher risk of certain types of skin cancer. With any type of skin cancer, early detection and treatment is the key.
Smartphone Apps Are Not Doctors
There’s an app for just about everything these days. But when it comes to diagnosing any type of cancer, nothing beats a real doctor. Seriously, go to a real doctor.
One Rx Better Than Another For Melanoma?
Two medications are approved in the US to treat advanced melanoma. Zelboraf ( vemurafenib ) was approved in September, 2012. DTIC-Dome ( dacarbazine ) is used to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma as well as melanoma. Which is the better medication?
Vitiligo? Lower Risk of Skin Cancer!
The common skin condition where splotches of lighter skin spread unpredictably over the body may be frustrating. But on the bright side, it lowers the risk of skin cancer threefold.
Statins for Skin Cancer?
Gene mutations at the root of certain cancers can make treatment tricky. Drug combos are being developed for a two-pronged approach. Cholesterol drugs may help.
Breast Cancer Drug on Route for Melanoma
A phase III trial for a melanoma treatment drug, which is already on the market for breast and lung cancer, has shown promise. The next step is Food and Drug Administration approval for melanoma.
Lather Up That Sunscreen, Athletes!
Applying sunscreen before morning and afternoon training sessions every day may take too much time for busy student-athletes. But skin cancer doesn’t care about spare time.