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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.
Combination treatment prevents disease progression in patients with advanced melanoma

Combination treatment prevents disease progression in patients with advanced melanoma

New data announced today has demonstrated that combinational treatment of cobimetinib with Zelboraf (vemurafenib), the first personalised medicine to extend life in the first-line setting for over 30 years, in patients with advanced melanoma (BRAFV600 mutation-positive) can prevent disease progression (progression-free survival; PFS) by 9.9 months compared to 6.2 months following treatment of vemurafenib alone. [More]
Circulating tumour cell clinical research collaboration announced between EKF Diagnostics and Massachusetts General Hospital

Circulating tumour cell clinical research collaboration announced between EKF Diagnostics and Massachusetts General Hospital

EKF Diagnostics, the global diagnostics company, announces that it has entered into a two year research collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a global leader in successfully bridging innovative science with state-of-the-art clinical medicine, to develop PointMan™ assays that can effectively detect treatable cancer mutations in blood samples. [More]
Penn Medicine, Wistar Institute awarded NCI grants for four new melanoma research projects

Penn Medicine, Wistar Institute awarded NCI grants for four new melanoma research projects

Penn Medicine and The Wistar Institute have been awarded a prestigious $12.1 million SPORE grant from the National Cancer Institute. The five-year Specialized Programs of Research Excellence, or SPORE, grant will fund four new melanoma research projects that aim to translate fundamental laboratory discoveries into new therapeutics to treat melanoma and other skin cancers. [More]
Photoelectric therapy for non-melanoma skin cancer developed by Xstrahl

Photoelectric therapy for non-melanoma skin cancer developed by Xstrahl

With a presence in over 500 clinics around the world, Xstrahl have drawn upon their vast clinical expertise to develop a revolutionary system that has been specifically designed for the treatment superficial skin cancers and skin conditions. [More]
Study uncovers new genetic risk factor for deadly skin cancer

Study uncovers new genetic risk factor for deadly skin cancer

Buffers that guard against damage to the ends of chromosomes could hold the key to a better understanding of malignant melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer - according to new research from the University of Leeds. [More]
Soldiers deployed to sunny climates face increased risk of skin cancer

Soldiers deployed to sunny climates face increased risk of skin cancer

Soldiers deployed to tropical and sunny climates are coming home with increased risk factors for a threat far from the battlefield: skin cancer. [More]
Novel genetic discovery identifies new avenues for prostate cancer treatment

Novel genetic discovery identifies new avenues for prostate cancer treatment

A genetic discovery out of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is leading to a highly accurate test for aggressive prostate cancer and identifies new avenues for treatment. [More]
AbbVie’s Phase 3 pivotal study shows HUMIRA is effective in reducing symptoms in HS

AbbVie’s Phase 3 pivotal study shows HUMIRA is effective in reducing symptoms in HS

AbbVie today announced results from a Phase 3 pivotal study demonstrating that HUMIRA® (adalimumab) is effective in reducing common clinical signs and symptoms in moderate-to-severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), specifically the number of abscesses and inflammatory nodules. [More]
Study evaluates impact of myPath Melanoma diagnostic test

Study evaluates impact of myPath Melanoma diagnostic test

Myriad Genetics, Inc. today presented results from a pivotal clinical utility study of the Myriad myPath- Melanoma test at the 2014 College of American Pathologists (CAP) annual meeting in Chicago, Ill. [More]
Genetic mutation caused by ultraviolet light is likely driving force behind human skin cancers

Genetic mutation caused by ultraviolet light is likely driving force behind human skin cancers

A genetic mutation caused by ultraviolet light is likely the driving force behind millions of human skin cancers, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]
Soligenix acquires novel orphan drug candidate for treatment of CTCL

Soligenix acquires novel orphan drug candidate for treatment of CTCL

Soligenix, Inc., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company developing products that address unmet medical needs in the areas of inflammation, oncology and biodefense, announced today the acquisition of a novel orphan drug candidate, known as SGX301 (synthetic hypericin). [More]
Keytruda drug gets FDA approval for treatment of advanced melanoma

Keytruda drug gets FDA approval for treatment of advanced melanoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new immunotherapy drug to treat advanced melanoma, signaling a paradigm shift in the way the deadly skin cancer is treated. [More]

New actinic keratoses data presented at the 15th World Congress of Cancers of the Skin

New data from the international FIELD Study Repeat presented today at the 15th World Congress of Cancers of the Skin (WCCS) in Edinburgh, Scotland, demonstrate initial treatment with Picato® (ingenol mebutate gel) 0.015% is efficacious in treating actinic keratoses (AK) and, when followed by a repeat cycle for persistent and newly emerging AKs, this efficacy is further increased.1 The data also confirm two treatment cycles of Picato® are well tolerated by patients.2 [More]
Ascend Biopharmaceuticals provides update on clinical trial program for lead immunotherapy products

Ascend Biopharmaceuticals provides update on clinical trial program for lead immunotherapy products

Ascend Biopharmaceuticals, a Melbourne-based immunotherapy company, has released an update on the clinical trial pipeline for its lead immunotherapy products treating basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and breast cancer. [More]
Amgen seeks EMA approval for marketing talimogene laherparepvec

Amgen seeks EMA approval for marketing talimogene laherparepvec

Amgen today announced the submission of a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) via the centralized procedure for talimogene laherparepvec seeking approval for the treatment of adults with melanoma that is regionally or distantly metastatic. [More]
Men who are not well educated about prostate cancer face decisional conflict, finds UCLA study

Men who are not well educated about prostate cancer face decisional conflict, finds UCLA study

They say knowledge is power, and a new UCLA study has shown this is definitely the case when it comes to men making the best decisions about how to treat their prostate cancer. [More]
Majority of states not measuring up on legislative solutions that fight cancer, shows report

Majority of states not measuring up on legislative solutions that fight cancer, shows report

A majority of states are not measuring up on legislative solutions that prevent and fight cancer, according to a new report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). [More]
Scientists study about rare type of skin cancer, acral melanomas

Scientists study about rare type of skin cancer, acral melanomas

Acral melanomas, the rare type of skin cancer that caused musician Bob Marley's death, are genetically distinct from other types of skin cancer. [More]
Study identifies protein that appears to play key role in protecting people infected with tuberculosis

Study identifies protein that appears to play key role in protecting people infected with tuberculosis

UCLA-led study has identified a protein that appears to play a key role in protecting people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis — the bacterium that causes tuberculosis — from developing the active form of the disease. [More]
Dasatinib: Leukemia drug shows promise for treating skin, breast and other cancers

Dasatinib: Leukemia drug shows promise for treating skin, breast and other cancers

A leukemia drug called dasatinib shows promise for treating skin, breast and several other cancers, according to researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. [More]