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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A genetically engineered cold sore virus that “blows up” melanoma tumors has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help treat the deadly skin cancer. Imlygic (talimogene laherparepvec), a first-of-its-kind therapy, showed promise against lesions in the skin and lymph …

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What's Your Skin Cancer Risk? Check This Chart

Your chances of getting skin cancer are based on heredity—what you’re genetically predisposed toward—and your own tanning and burning history. Answering these expert questions will give you a general idea of how vigilant you have to be. And if you are at high risk, find out how to check yourself …

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What It Means That Jimmy Carter Is ‘Cancer

Former President Jimmy Carter announced that he is “cancer-free” after undergoing treatment for melanoma, which spread to his liver and his brain. On Sunday, Carter, 91, told a church group in Georgia that his physicians could not find any cancer in his scans. “My most recent MRI brain scan did …

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During Pregnancy, Skin Cancer May Be More Dangerous

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Women diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer during or just after pregnancy are at greater risk from the cancer than other women, a new study finds. Pregnancy hormones may fuel the most deadly type of skin cancer, the researchers said. “The rate of metastasis …

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New Study Finds That Sunscreen Can Delay Melanoma in Mice

SUNDAY, April 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Applying 30 SPF sunscreen to mice before they were exposed to ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation delayed the development of melanoma, researchers report. The study results suggest that mice can be used to identify and develop new and more effective ways to prevent the most dangerous …

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'Sunscreen' Gene May Guard Against Skin Cancer

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they’ve identified a so-called “sunscreen” gene that may help protect against skin cancer. They say the finding potentially could lead to new drugs to prevent the disease. The investigators pinpointed the ultraviolet-resistant gene after analyzing data from 340 people with melanoma, the …

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Genes Tied to Red Hair and Pale Skin May Raise Melanoma Risk

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — DNA that’s tied to red hair, fair skin and freckles may also be highly linked to a person’s genetic odds of skin cancer, new research suggests. The study’s British authors estimate that having the gene is roughly equivalent to the person spending an extra 21 …

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The Surprising Link Between White Wine and Melanoma

Alcohol has been linked to several different cancers, some more strongly than others. Now a study adds a new type of cancer to the list, and it’s an unexpected one: Brown University researchers say that drinking, even in moderate amounts, is associated with higher rates of melanoma—the deadliest form of …

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This Woman’s Manicurist Spotted Melanoma Under Her Nail

UK manicurist Jean Skinner is being hailed as a hero after she spotted a sign of  on a client—and not on the woman’s hands, but actually under one of her nails. The walk-in client had asked Skinner for a color that would cover up a dark, vertical stripe running down the center of her nail, Skinner …

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