New biomarkers to improve skin cancer detection and avoid delays in treatment are being developed by researchers at the University of South Australia.
Tag: Skin Cancer
Dermatologist available to discuss Mohs surgery
The White House recently announced that during a routine skin cancer screening, a small lesion was found under first lady Jill Biden’s eye. The first lady will undergo Mohs micrographic surgery, also called Mohs surgery, next week to remove the…
Researchers identify a subset of patients with early melanoma who face a very low risk of dying from the disease
Although melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, most patients have high chances of surviving the disease. There is evidence that more cases of melanoma are being overdiagnosed in patients who would never experience symptoms.
CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTE TO HOST ANNUAL VIRTUAL IMMUNOTHERAPY PATIENT SUMMIT ON NOVEMBER 11-12, 2022
Free online event for cancer patients and caregivers featuring immunotherapy experts and patient advocates taking place Nov. 11-12, 2022.
Wistar Scientists Identify Key Biomarkers that Reliably Predict Response to Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy for Melanoma
Currently, the only FDA approved biomarker for ICI melanoma treatment is the tumor mutation burden assay, but the mechanisms linking it to ICI remain unclear. However, new research out of The Wistar Institute now provides evidence of novel, reliable biomarkers that predict therapy response using advanced computer technology.
MD Anderson Research Highlights: ESMO 2022 Special Edition
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Research Highlights provides a glimpse into recent basic, translational and clinical cancer research from MD Anderson experts. This special edition features upcoming oral presentations by MD Anderson researchers at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2022 focused on clinical advances across a variety of cancer types. Highlights include promising early data from a novel T cell therapy for solid tumors, targeted therapy progress in rare and advanced cancers, biomarkers of immunotherapy response, and features associated with clinical outcomes in leptomeningeal disease. More information on ESMO content from MD Anderson can be found at MDAnderson.org/ESMO.
Salon Assistant Looks for Skin Cancer on Clients After Her Own Battle with the Disease
A Salon Assistant for 25 years, Barbara Willock not only rescues her clients from bad hair days – she also looks to save their lives. “Many skin cancers go undetected because they are located in places that people might not…
The Medical Minute: Sunscreen ― still the slimy friend you can count on
What’s the right amount of sunscreen to use? What’s the right SPF? Should everybody use it? A Penn State Health dermatologist helps you beat the burn in this week’s Medical Minute.
Viral proteins key to tumor model in mice
A team of researchers at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center were the first to generate a bona fide mouse model of a Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare and potentially aggressive form of skin cancer. The study outlining these results appeared in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Better understanding of DNA repair protein could lead to novel cancer therapies
Summer is here, and that means more time soaking up the sun for many of us.
6 skin biopsy wound care tips from dermatologists
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. As Skin Cancer Awareness Month continues, it’s important to check your skin regularly, and if you notice a spot on your skin that is different from others or that changes, itches, or bleeds, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.
Rutgers Cancer Institute and RWJBarnabas Health Experts Available for Comment on Skin Cancer and Sun Safety through Summer Months
New Brunswick, N.J., May 23, 2022– According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. While we all want to enjoy the outdoors this summer, increased fun in the sun means an increased risk…
‘Honey, don’t forget the sunscreen!’ Three beliefs that affect sunscreen use by older adults
Reminders from a romantic partner might be an effective way to encourage sunscreen use by people age 50 or older, suggests a study in the May/June issue of The Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association, official publication of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
Many pathologists agree overdiagnosis of skin cancer happens, but don’t change diagnosis behavior
Recent studies finding that there is an overdiagnosis of melanoma are a significant cause for concern. However, while many pathologists agree overdiagnosis of skin cancer happens, they don’t change diagnosis behavior.
How Common is Skin Cancer? And More Questions You’re Afraid to Ask
Sarah Weiss, MD, medical oncologist at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and associate professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, answers questions about skin cancer and sun protection that you may be wondering
New survey reveals most Americans say sun protection is more important now than five years ago, yet many misunderstand how to protect themselves
In a recent survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, the American Academy of Dermatology found that while respondents gave themselves high ratings for sun protection and most reported that sun protection is more important to them now than it was five years ago, there’s still a lot they don’t know about how to protect themselves from the sun and the risks of sun exposure, including skin cancer —the most common cancer in the U.S.
Filling in the Gaps
With all that the Land of Enchantment has to offer, skin cancer isn’t on the top on anyone’s list. But abundant sunshine and a dearth of dermatologists in the state pose a challenge for detecting and treating the various forms of skin cancer. Skin Cancer Screening clinics are now resuming. The first of several new clinics will be held in Albuquerque on Saturday, May 7. More are planned over the coming year in Gallup, Taos and southern New Mexico.
National Healthy Skin Month: Dermatologists encourage regular skin checks
The American Academy of Dermatology highlights the importance of regular skin self-exams during National Healthy Skin Month this November. These exams help catch serious conditions early when they are most treatable. Research shows nearly one in four Americans have skin disease. Skin cancer remains the most common cancer in the United States with an estimated 9,500 people diagnosed every day.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATION COMMENTS ON FDA PROPOSED SUNSCREEN ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER
Statement from AADA President Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD
New Insights about Melanocytes Could Lead to More Targeted Melanoma Treatments
Huntsman Cancer Institute melanoma researchers have generated the first “atlas” of human melanocytes located in the body.
Why sunscreen is a must before and after water fun
Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays is the cause of most skin cancers.
Artificial Intelligence Algorithm Developed to Assess Metastatic Potential in Skin Cancers
Using artificial intelligence (AI), researchers from UT Southwestern have developed a way to accurately predict which skin cancers are highly metastatic. The findings, published as the July cover article of Cell Systems, show the potential for AI-based tools to revolutionize pathology for cancer and a variety of other diseases.
Check your Health: Sun Safety & Learning your ABCDE’s
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey expert shares how to check for skin cancer.
Study reveals source of DNA mutations in melanoma
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (JULY 30, 2021) — The mutations that give rise to melanoma result from a chemical conversion in DNA fueled by sunlight — not just a DNA copying error as previously believed, reports a study by Van Andel Institute scientists published today in Science Advances.
New AAD Survey Throws Shade at Gen Z and Millennials for Poor Understanding of UV Exposure
Gen Z and Millennials may be the voice of fashion or lead debates over who owns the “middle hair part”, but when it comes to knowing how to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, they need to up their game, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology.
Skin Cancer & Melanoma
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Doing a monthly at home self-check of your skin can help you spot changes. Learn how to spot lesions and skin changes from Mountainside Medical Center.
The Importance of Daily Sunscreen Use
Wearing sunscreen every day, even if you are outside only for short periods, is an important step in keeping your skin looking healthy and preventing skin cancer.
New AAD survey: Only a third of Americans are concerned about skin cancer despite nearly 70% having at least one risk factor
With the first day of summer right around the corner, many Americans will increasingly head to the beach or water parks to cool down, but will they turn up their efforts to protect their skin from the sun? A new American Academy of Dermatology survey shows that despite skin cancer being the most common cancer in the U.S., only about one-third of adults are concerned about developing the disease, even though nearly 70% say they have at least one risk factor for skin cancer.
Health, safety tips for summer activities: IU experts available to comment
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many people have plans to enjoy outdoor activities in the warmer weather. And while we have vaccines to protect against COVID-19, there are other safety measures to keep in mind while having fun in the…
Woman more cautious in the sun after facing skin cancer for 17 years
Yvette Ellerbe, 56, understands the importance of wearing sun protection.
In 2004 at the age of 39, Ellerbe was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma – a condition she still worries about to this day.
Skin cancer expert available during Melanoma Awareness Month and as summer approaches
As summer approaches and outdoor activities increase, cancer expert William Wooden, M.D., reminds everyone to practice sun safety to protect against skin cancer. Wooden specializes in melanoma research at Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center and is…
How to Check Your Nails for Melanoma
When checking the body for signs of skin cancer, many people may only think to check their skin. However, board-certified dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say it’s important to check the nails, too. Although rare, skin cancer, including melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — can develop under and around the fingernails and toenails.
TELL “SKIN CANCER, TAKE A HIKE!™” DURING STEPS CHALLENGE FOR SKIN CANCER AWARNESS MONTH
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting one in five Americans during their lifetime. To help raise awareness of skin cancer prevention and detection, the American Academy of Dermatology will host Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™, a month-long steps challenge, beginning Sat., May 1 in recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The participant-driven fundraising event — part of the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign to create a world without skin cancer — aims to log 9,500 miles across the country in honor of the approximately 9,500 people who are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
Tanning Beds and Skin Cancer: Heeding the Call to Action
Public health officials and researchers have become increasingly concerned about the health risks posed by indoor tanning. Researchers at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey recently addressed the importance of increasing efforts to limit indoor tanning among minors in a viewpoint paper published in the April 28 2021 online edition of JAMA Dermatology.
How the Pandemic Has Exacerbated Rates of Skin Cancer
With summer approaching and more and more people getting vaccinated for COVID-19, many San Diegans eagerly anticipate the season best known for outdoor activities. But with more time in the sun comes the need for sun-safe practices. During the pandemic,…
$10 Million Gift to Open the Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center at Mount Sinai
With highly trained specialists skilled in caring for different types of melanoma, patients at the Waldman Melanoma and Skin Center will have access to the newest diagnostics and therapies such as Canfield Vectra180 – a 3D whole body imaging system that captures nearly the entire skin surface in macro quality resolution, and will be able to capture early skin cancer lesions; Nevisense—a safe diagnostic support tool utilizing Electrical Impedence Spectroscopy (EIS) which is applied as a harmless electrical signal to the skin; Vivascope 1500—a non-invasive confocal imaging system which offers a non-invasive way to image the skin to the superficial collagen layers; and innovative technologies which non-invasively collects skin cells through adhesive patches rather than a scalpel to diagnose atypical pigmented lesions (or moles) at high risk for melanoma.
Telling sunbathers what they don’t want to hear: Tanning is bad
Most young women already know that tanning is dangerous and sunbathe anyway, so a campaign informing them of the risk should take into account their potential resistance to the message, according to a new study.
Cancer-Killing Virus Therapy Shows Promise Against Inoperable Skin Cancers
Early results show that a new combination drug therapy is safe and effective against advanced skin cancer in patients who were not able to have their tumors surgically removed.
Board-Certified Dermatologists: Studies Show Sun-Protective Behaviors Vary by Where You Live, Race, and Sex
The first day of spring usually signals the start of increased outdoor activities, which also means more time in the sun. Since skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States1-2, researchers are taking a closer look at…
Gene-Based Blood Test for Melanoma Spread Evaluates Treatment Progress
A test that monitors blood levels of DNA fragments released by dying tumor cells may serve as an accurate early indicator of treatment success in people in late stages of one of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer, a new study finds.
NYU Medical Center Board-Certified Dermatologist: How COVID-19 Caused Delays in Skin Cancer Diagnosis
NYU Medical Center Board-Certified Dermatologist: How COVID-19 Caused Delays in Skin Cancer Diagnosis When caught early, skin cancer, including melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — is highly treatable. However, from March to May 2020 during the peak…
Roswell Park Experts Use Gene Sequencing to Quantify Risk of Skin Cancer Long Before Damage is Visible
In a study published today in the journal Science Advances, a team from Roswell Park details a method to measure the abundance of cancer-related early changes to skin tissue long before the damage becomes visible to the eye.
Weizmann Institute of Science and Colleagues Show How Cancer Cells Hurt Themselves to Hurt Immune Cells More
Melanoma is skilled at evading therapies, with its cells going so far as to starve in order to stop the immune cells that would eradicate them. A team from the Weizmann Institute, including Prof. Yardena Samuels; the Netherlands Cancer Institute; and the University of Oslo have revealed one of melanoma’s tricks – never before seen in human cells – and a therapeutic target.
Plastic Surgeon Matthew S. Coons, M.D., FACS Joins Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Group
Mountainside Medical Group announced today that plastic surgeon Matthew S. Coons, M.D., FACS, has joined the practice.
Dr. Coons is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. His interests also include hand surgery and reconstructive surgery with an emphasis on breast reconstruction.
FLORIDA DERMATOLOGIST RECOGNIZED FOR TREATMENT OF VIETNAM VETERAN
The American Academy of Dermatology named board-certified dermatologist Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD, a Patient Care Hero for her work treating veterans with serious service-related skin conditions.
FAU Offers New ‘Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate Certificate Program’
The nation faces physician shortages in primary care and other specialties, including a projected inadequate supply of dermatologists to meet the demand for service. This innovative program will help to address these gaps and will equip advanced-practice nurses with the tools required to provide high-quality, holistic care for their patients with dermatological conditions.
Moffitt Researchers Identify Driver of Further Metastasis in BRAF Inhibitor Resistant Melanoma
In a new article published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Moffitt researchers identify erythropoietin-producing hepatocellular receptor A2 (EphA2) as a driver of metastasis and BRAF-MEK inhibitor resistance in melanoma.
Don’t Get Burned by Sunscreen Mistakes: Some Parents May Not Properly Protect Children from the Sun
While the majority of parents recognize the importance of sunscreen, they may not always use best practices to protect children from getting burned, a new national poll suggests.
Doctors motivated by both health, malpractice concerns when ordering additional tests
A UCLA-led study has found that dermatopathologists, who specialize in diagnosing skin diseases at the microscopic level, are motivated both by patient safety concerns and by malpractice fears — often simultaneously — when ordering multiple tests and obtaining second opinions, with a higher proportion of these doctors reporting patient safety as a concern.
When ordering additional microscopic tests for patients, 90% of the dermatopathologists surveyed cited patient safety as a concern and 71% of them reported malpractice fears. Similarly, when obtaining second reviews from a consulting pathologist or recommending additional surgical sampling, 91% cited safety concerns and 78% malpractice concerns.
Telemedicine helps Missouri dermatologist detect melanoma
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has named board-certified dermatologist Kari Lyn Martin, MD, FAAD, a Patient Care Hero for using telemedicine to diagnose and remove a patient’s melanoma the same day.