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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. It occurs in more than a million people each year, including many older people. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Of the three, melanoma is the most serious. Skin cancer occurs when abnormal cells form and multiply in an uncontrolled way in the epidermis, or abnormal cells from the epidermis invade the dermis of the skin. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma are skin cancers that are named for the epidermal cells from which they develop.
Ludwig study uncovers ancient cellular response that underlies spread of aggressive skin cancer

Ludwig study uncovers ancient cellular response that underlies spread of aggressive skin cancer

Each day, more than 1,600 people die from cancer in the US, and 450 in the UK, mostly because the disease has spread beyond a stage when surgery is an effective cure and has become resistant to therapy. Despite decades of research, understanding why cancer cells become invasive has remained shrouded in mystery. [More]
Sunbed use increases number of melanoma patients and decreases age at diagnosis

Sunbed use increases number of melanoma patients and decreases age at diagnosis

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer with the strongest increase in incidence in the last decade, and the incidence rates have never been as high as in 2014. [More]
UJI researchers develop new light-activated antimicrobial material to combat hospital infections

UJI researchers develop new light-activated antimicrobial material to combat hospital infections

Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain, have developed a new light-activated antimicrobial material for use in the fight against the most common hospital infections. [More]
Risk of skin cancer does not dissuade indoor tanning habits of college students, study shows

Risk of skin cancer does not dissuade indoor tanning habits of college students, study shows

White female college students in Indiana who tan indoors know they are placing themselves at risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging, but most continue to tan indoors anyway, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. [More]
New study reveals significant use of indoor tanning among sexual-minority adolescent boys

New study reveals significant use of indoor tanning among sexual-minority adolescent boys

In a new study of indoor tanning and skin cancer risk, the use of indoor tanning among non-heterosexual black male teens was found to be nearly equal to that of heterosexual white females. [More]
Dermatologist reveals how smoking can affect the skin

Dermatologist reveals how smoking can affect the skin

Thinking of quitting smoking? Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist tells us how smoking affects the skin, giving you an extra incentive to ditch the habit for good. [More]
New research letter compares melanoma death and incidence by states and geographic regions

New research letter compares melanoma death and incidence by states and geographic regions

A new research letter published online by JAMA Dermatology compares melanoma death and incidence by states and in four geographic regions. [More]
Dual treatment strategies lengthen lives of mice with skin cancer

Dual treatment strategies lengthen lives of mice with skin cancer

By combining two treatment strategies, both aimed at boosting the immune system's killer T cells, Johns Hopkins researchers report they lengthened the lives of mice with skin cancer more than by using either strategy on its own. [More]
Research findings reveal new powerful role of sunlight on immunity

Research findings reveal new powerful role of sunlight on immunity

Sunlight allows us to make vitamin D, credited with healthier living, but a surprise research finding could reveal another powerful benefit of getting some sun. [More]
Combination therapy holds great promise to clear precancerous skin lesions

Combination therapy holds great promise to clear precancerous skin lesions

A combination of two FDA-approved drugs - a topical chemotherapy and an immune-system-activating compound - was able to rapidly clear actinic keratosis lesions from patients participating in a clinical trial. [More]
How to stay safe in the sun

How to stay safe in the sun

When choosing a sunscreen, you must first consider what you will be doing when wearing it, for example if you're running, the sunscreen you choose must be able to withstand sweating. [More]
Japanese scientists capture live distribution of melanin inside the skin

Japanese scientists capture live distribution of melanin inside the skin

With a little help from chickens and video cameras, scientists have captured live the moment when skin gets darker. [More]
Age restriction on indoor tanning could save thousands from melanoma

Age restriction on indoor tanning could save thousands from melanoma

An age restriction on indoor tanning could save thousands of lives and millions of dollars, according to new research published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. [More]
Alcohol consumption linked to higher risk of melanoma

Alcohol consumption linked to higher risk of melanoma

Alcohol intake was associated with higher rates of invasive melanoma among white men and women. [More]
New ULB study shows how cancer cell of origin controls malignant transition

New ULB study shows how cancer cell of origin controls malignant transition

Researchers at the Université libre de Bruxelles, ULB define for the first time how the cancer cell of origin controls invasive and metastatic properties of tumor cells. [More]
Study shows new drug combination effective in treating precancerous skin lesions

Study shows new drug combination effective in treating precancerous skin lesions

A combination of two topical drugs that have been in use for years triggers a robust immune response against precancerous skin lesions, according to a new study. The research, from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard Medical School, shows that the therapy activates the immune system's T cells, which then attack the abnormal skin cells. [More]
Researchers call sun avoidance as emerging health problem in the U.S.

Researchers call sun avoidance as emerging health problem in the U.S.

A landmark study published Friday in the Journal Dermato-Endocrinology has world-renowned researchers calling insufficient sun exposure an emerging health problem in the United States. [More]
Moffitt scientists show how mathematical modeling can predict patient responses to cancer drugs

Moffitt scientists show how mathematical modeling can predict patient responses to cancer drugs

Scientists have significantly improved their understanding of cancer and have developed numerous therapies that have helped to reduce patient mortality; however, the majority of drugs that make it to the clinical trial phase of development fail, despite promising data in laboratory studies. [More]
Common bacteria on human skin may offer protection against diseases

Common bacteria on human skin may offer protection against diseases

There are more and more examples of the ways in which we can benefit from our bacteria. According to researcher Rolf Lood from Lund University in Sweden, this is true for the skin as well. [More]
Study shows many indoor tanning facilities comply with Texas under-18 ban

Study shows many indoor tanning facilities comply with Texas under-18 ban

When female employees of a mystery shopping firm called posing as 17-year-olds interested in tanning, 81 percent of indoor tanning facilities complied with the Texas ban on indoor tanning for those under the age of 18 in a study conducted by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
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