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Hundreds of Cancer Possibilities Arise From Common Skin Mole Mutation

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A http:team of international scientists has identified hundreds of possible new genes in mice that could transform benign skin growths into deadly melanomas.

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Penn Study Shows Computer-Assisted Diagnosis Tool Helps Physicians Assess Skin Conditions Without Aid from Dermatologists

In the first major study to examine the use of a computer-assisted, photo-driven differential diagnosis generator for skin conditions, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found physicians routinely used the tool, without an increase in calling for inpatient dermatology consultations.

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Mount Sinai Health System Experts Share Skin Cancer Tips and Patient Stories for Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Melanoma Monday

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with one in five Americans developing it over the course of their lives.

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Frequent Indoor Tanning among New Jersey Teens Shows Correlation with Smoking and Social Media Use

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Research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers School of Public Health shows more than a third of New Jersey high school students who engage in indoor tanning do so frequently and many would find it hard to stop the practice. Investigators also found that frequent indoor tanners were more likely to smoke and to engage in social media activities related to indoor tanning.

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New Combination of Immunotherapy Drugs is Safe, Shrinks Tumors in Metastatic Melanoma Patients

Once again, researchers at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center have extended the reach of the immune system in the fight against metastatic melanoma, this time by combining the checkpoint inhibitor tremelimumab with an anti-CD40 monoclonal antibody drug.

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Dermatologists Share Tips for Treating Cold Sores

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If you have a cold sore – small blisters on the lip or around the mouth – you’re not alone. More than half of Americans ages 14 to 49 carry the virus that causes cold sores. The virus stays in the body even after the cold sores clear. If the virus reactivates, or wakes up, you could get cold sores.

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Lower Survival Rates Connected with High-Risk Melanoma with Mutations, Study Finds

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A UNC Lineberger-led study found that people with higher-risk melanoma containing either BRAF or NRAS gene mutations had lower survival rates.

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A Downward Trend for New Cases of Pediatric Melanoma

A new study finds that the incidence of pediatric melanoma in the United States decreased from 2004 to 2010.

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8 Reasons the U.S. Surgeon General Should Announce that UV Tanning Causes Skin Cancer

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"Tanning beds cause skin cancer. It is time to now more openly announce this causality," says Robert P. Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH, investigator at the CU Cancer Center, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Dartmouth Investigators Identify Mechanism that Drives Melanoma to Metastasize

The significance of this work is its descriptions of alternative mechanisms by which tumors move and settle in new locations.