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Melanoma, while rare among Black Americans, is often detected later with devastating consequences, a new study finds.

Black people are frequently diagnosed with melanoma at later stages, increasing their risk of death compared to fairer-skinned patients, researchers found.

Advanced stage 3 mela...

Steve Murray, 68, has spent a lot of time out in the sun, at work and at play.

Murray worked construction for several decades, and as a child spent summers on the beach in Ocean City, N.J., and enjoyed winter visits to sunny Florida.

He’s also repeatedly battled skin cancer and melanoma, the ...

Brianna Starr, 29, didn’t think twice about sunbathing without sunscreen, hoping to get a golden tan that to many connotes health and beauty.

But when her sister was diagnosed with melanoma at the age of 19, she got serious about protecting her skin health, says

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 2, 2024
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  • Folks with a suspicious-looking mole or questionable skin lesion often have to endure a scalpel or shaver so their doctor can cut off a sample to send in for biopsy.

    But a new, noninvasive “virtual biopsy” might soon allow doctors to instead scan the spot to determine if it contains any cancer cells, researchers at Stanford Medicine report.

    The new method, which measures how lig...

    U.S. military veterans, especially those who served in the Air Force, are at high risk for one of the deadliest skin cancers, melanoma.

    The risk owes to work hazards associated with service in countries near the equator where ultraviolet (UV) levels are higher. 

    Long-term exposure to radiation from flying at higher altitudes puts Air Force vets at even higher risk.

    "Most ...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a novel treatment for advanced melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

    Amtagvi, made by Iovance Biotherapeutics Inc., becomes the first cellular therapy approved to treat this form of solid tumor cancer.

    “Unresectable, or metastatic, melanoma is an aggressive form of cancer that can be fatal,”

  • Robin Foster HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 19, 2024
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  • MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2024 (HealthDay New) -- Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, announced Monday that she has been diagnosed with melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer.

    "I have been taking some time to myself as I have been diagnosed with malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, my second cancer diagnosis within a year after I was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer and underwe...

    THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2024 (HealthDay news) -- The first medical device powered by artificial intelligence and designed to help doctors catch skin cancer has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Although not meant to be used as a primary screening tool, the technology further evaluates skin lesions that doctors have already flagged as suspicious, the FDA noted in an agency...

    Cancer deaths continue to decline in the United States, with more than 4 million deaths prevented since 1991, a new report shows.

    But more people are developing cancers than ever, making the dreaded disease a continued threat to human health, according to the new report

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 17, 2024
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  • A new melanoma vaccine has shown its mettle in battling the deadly skin cancer in a new trial.

    People with advanced melanomas who received the vaccine plus Merck's cancer drug Keytruda were 49% less likely to die or have their cancer return after three years than those who were given only Keytruda, vaccine maker Moderna Inc. announced Friday.

    "Importantly for this technology, the......

    THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2023 (Healthday News) -- New data from two United Nations agencies shows that millions of workers toiling under the sun's glare is fueling skin cancer cases around the world.

    Nearly 1 in 3 deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer is caused by occupational exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (IL...

    The ability to detect skin cancer using artificial intelligence (AI) software has rapidly improved.

    New research presented Wednesday at a medical conference in Berlin shows that this AI technology now has a 100% detection rate for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

    In this study, researchers assessed more than 22,000 patients with suspected skin cancers over 2-1/2 years...

    Harmful "forever" chemicals are widespread in the environment, and new research hints they pose a particular health risk to women.

    A new study suggests women who are exposed to higher levels of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, or PFAS, are more likely to have been diagnosed with certain cancers. Exposure is also linked to liver damage, fertility issues, high blood pressure and o...

    Reality TV star and wellness coach Teddi Mellencamp announced on Instagram Wednesday that she has been diagnosed with yet another melanoma.

    This is Mellencamp's 12th or 13th melanoma, she said, noting in an Instagram post that she has lost count.

    “I have been debating whether I...

    It's already known that the “healthy glow” of a tan actually represents damage to skin cells.

    But a new study of people on vacation has found that sunbathing also can disrupt the skin's microbiome, altering the populations of bacteria that live on the skin in ways that could be harmful to health.

    The microbiome recovers within a month, but during that time a person will be more ...

    Golfing may be a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the pleasures of a classic summer pastime. But a new study warns that walking the greens for hours on end without adequate sun protection may notably increase the risk for skin cancer.

    Researchers in Australia found that more than one-quarter of golfers in that country have been diagnosed with skin cancer at some point, making Auss...

    Your body needs vitamin D, the "sunshine" vitamin, but too much time in the sun can increase your risk for skin cancer.

    An expert offers tips for boosting vitamin D intake while staying safe from the sun and this summer's record-high temperatures.

    “Vitamin D is important for bone health, calcium absorption, reduction of inflammation, promoting cell growth and immune and cardiovas...

    Black men are more likely to die of melanoma, new research shows, and one reason why may be the unusual places where the deadly skin cancer is likely to show up on their bodies.

    Even though the disease is more common in white men, the new report shows that Black men are 26% more likely to die from it, the Washington Post reported.

    “The purpose of our study was to div...

    People are using “browning lotions” to tan quickly, but experts are questioning the safety of this trend driven by social media influencers.

    Browning lotions work with the sun's UV rays to darken skin faster.

    “It is important to know that a tan is never considered to be healthy and exposure to UVA and UVB radiation can cause skin cancer, that's the first issue I have,” said ...

    Adding sun protection to your holiday gatherings takes little effort and can help you avoid the pain and potential side effects of sunburn.

    As Americans prepare to celebrate July 4 with parades, swimming and cookouts, the American Academy of Dermatology offers some tips for protecting your skin from the sun and reducing your future risk of skin cancer.

    One-third of American parents ...

    Summer's here and the Mayo Clinic says babies need protection from the sun's damaging UV rays, too.

    It only takes one severe sunburn during childhood or adolescence to nearly double the risk for a deadly melanoma later in life, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

    Babies are far more vulnerable to sunburn than older kids, so it's essential to protect them ag...

    Many men will put off going to the doctor unless they are really sick, but men's health screenings help catch problems before symptoms appear.

    So, how can you tell if a health screening or preventive care appointment is right for you?

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the

    Skin cancer can pop up anywhere on your skin, including the soles of your feet and even under your fingernails.

    That's what happened to Isabel Lievano, who was diagnosed with melanoma when her dermatologist determined that a persistent black spot under her fingernail was the deadliest form of skin cancer.

    Lievano, 69, lost her nail, but not her finger or her life.

    “Skin ca...

    Health screenings and preventive care appointments are a key to maintaining long-term health and well-being. By proactively engaging in these practices, women can identify potential health risks early on and take necessary steps.

    This guide will outline the key women's health screenings and care appointments to help you prioritize your health and stay on top of your well-being.

    It's easy to keep your skin safer in the summer sun if you have the right sunscreen.

    UCLA Health offers some tips for picking the best type and SPF level.

    Getting sunburned just five times in a lifetime doubles the risk of getting melanoma, the most serious skin cancer, so making sure you're protected is worth the effort, the experts at

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 10, 2023
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  • Of all the skin cancers, melanoma is the one that scares doctors and patients the most.

    Luckily, there are now several options for treatment should you be diagnosed with this aggressive, sometimes deadly, cancer.

    Melanoma affects over 1 million Americans, and its rates have risen significantly in the past 30 years, according to the

  • Kirstie Ganobsik HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 2, 2023
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  • An experimental vaccine whipped up to specifically target a melanoma patient's tumor cells significantly reduces the likelihood of the cancer recurring, early clinical trial data show.

    Each dose of the vaccine, called mRNA-4157/V940, is crafted based on the unique genetics of an individual patient's melanoma cells, said senior researcher

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 17, 2023
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  • Actor Hugh Jackman is offering a warning about sun damage and skin cancer after having two biopsies.

    Jackman was wearing a bandage on his nose in a video posted to his Twitter account.

    "I just went to my doctor... and she just saw little things -- could be or could not be basal cell, in he...

    A lesion that was found and removed from President Joe Biden's chest during his recent physical was determined to be a common type of skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma.

    “All cancerous tissue was successfully removed,” the president's doctor, Kevin O'Connor, wrote in a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 6, 2023
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  • A tweak in timing may make an immune-system therapy much more effective for patients undergoing surgery for advanced melanoma, a new clinical trial has found.

    Researchers showed that giving the therapy — a drug called Keytruda (pembrolizumab) — both before and after surgery slashed the risk of a melanoma recurrence over the next two years. That was in comparison to the standard approa...

    A cosmetic laser treatment that promises to erase wrinkles, scars, age spots and sun damage may also prevent the return of some skin cancers, a new, small study suggests.

    Researchers found that in patients who had basal or squamous cell skin cancers, nonablative fractional laser treatment lowered the chances of the cancer recurrence by about half.

    "We actually don't know why this p...

    Getting a gel manicure may be less safe than many think.

    Researchers say the nail polish dryers that use ultraviolet (UV) light to cure the gel polish emit possibly dangerous rays. These rays might lead to cell death and cancer-causing mutations in human cells, they noted.

    Maria Zhivagui, a researcher at th...

    First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday morning to have a lesion removed from above her right eye.

    The lesion was discovered during routine skin cancer screening, the president's physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor said in a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 11, 2023
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  • Two pharmaceutical companies said Tuesday that they have made notable progress with a vaccine that could prevent melanoma.

    Moderna, well known for its work on the COVID vaccine, and Merck, which makes the cancer immunotherapy drug Keytruda,

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 13, 2022
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  • An experimental therapy that uses the body's own immune system cells may beat a standard treatment for patients with advanced melanoma, a new clinical trial finds.

    Researchers found that the therapy doubled the amount of time melanoma patients lived without their skin cancer progressing, versus a long-used drug called ipilimumab (Yervoy).

    The approach, called tumor-infiltrating...

    While melanoma remains the most deadly type of skin cancer, new research has found that a subset of patients with early disease are at very low risk of dying.

    These particular patients may not face the same prognosis that is typically associated with melanoma, and they may potentially represent cases contributing to over-diagnosis.

    The findings were published online Nov. 7 in C...

    Celebrity Khloe Kardashian announced Tuesday that she had survived a second bout of skin cancer, this time on her face.

    Kardashian said her “incredibly rare” tumor was removed by Beverly Hills surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher after the reality TV star noticed a bump that wouldn't go away.

    "I deci...

    Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw revealed Sunday that he has been treated for two different types of cancer in the past year.

    Bradshaw talked about his health while co-hosting Fox NFL Sunday.

    “Last week on ...

    Skin cancer patients appear to fare better if they receive immunotherapy before their cancers are surgically removed, a pair of clinical trials show.

    In fact, some do so well that their immune system essentially dissolves their tumors, potentially removing the need...

    Edgewell Personal Care Co. has recalled three batches of its Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 because trace levels of benzene were found in some samples during an internal review.

    Benzene is a human carcinogen. Exposure can happen through inhalation, orally or through the skin, potentiall...

    You might think everyone knows by now to protect against the sun's rays, but many Gen Zers apparently haven't gotten the message.

    In a recent survey of 1,000 U.S. adults by the American Academy of Dermatology, many of these 18- to 25-year-olds were unaware of the risks from tanning.

    About 60% of Gen Z respondents sai...

    You've added fish to your diet to eat healthy, but now a new study delivers some bad news: Fish lovers may have a slightly increased risk of melanoma.

    Researchers followed over 490,000 older Americans and found the 20% wit...

    U.S. veterans are at higher risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than most Americans, and new research finds they are also more likely to have advanced-stage disease when it's detected.

    At the time of diagnosis, "we found veterans with melanoma were more like...

    A skin biopsy is often used to diagnose skin cancer and other skin conditions.

    It involves the removal of a small amount of skin, which is examined under a microscope. Afterwards, you'll need to look after the biopsy location to make sure it heals properly.

    "Your dermatologist will treat the small wound fro...

    Newer sunscreens that can match your skin tone may encourage more people to use sunscreen, an expert says.

    "The lighter a person's skin, the higher their risk for skin cancer," said Dr. Henry Lim, former chair of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. "While people with darker skin have a lower risk for s...

    Scars from facial surgery look worse to skin cancer patients themselves than to others, so it's important for surgeons to prepare patients beforehand, researchers say.

    Doctors can help by outlining the healing process and explaining what their scars will look like in the weeks after surgery, the study authors suggested.

    "Our research seems to support the saying 'we are our own worst...

    People with cancer may be at increased risk for a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome, new research has found.

    "Previous studies have suggested there may be a link between cancer and Guillain-Barré syndrome, but just how often people develop

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  • Gender differences extend to cancer treatments, with women having a higher risk of severe side effects from certain treatments than men, a new study finds.

    Previous research concluded women tend to have more side effects from chemotherapy, and this new paper shows the same is true for

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  • For people newly diagnosed with advanced melanoma, a combination of two immunotherapy drugs can double the amount of time their cancer remains progression-free, a clinical trial has found.

    The treatment combines two drugs known as immune checkpoint inhibitors. One, called nivolumab (Opdivo), is already standard for advanced melanoma; the other, relatlimab, is not yet approved.

    But b...

    People undergoing immune-boosting therapy for advanced melanoma may respond better if they eat a high-fiber diet, a new study hints.

    Researchers said much more study is needed, but their initial findings -- in both melanoma patients and lab mice -- suggest that