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Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer. Still, it is the most deadly because it can spread if not caught early. Melanoma symptoms include a change in the shape, size, or color of a mole, but melanomas can also look like a bruise that doesn't heal or a dark streak under a finger or toenail. Excess sun is linked to melanoma risk. However, melanomas can also occur on skin not exposed to the sun (such as inside the mouth).

Melanoma Skin Cancer News

  • Pigment in Red Hair Might Raise Melanoma Risk

    The red in redheads’ hair is thought to put them at increased risk of the dangerous skin cancer melanoma, even if they don’t spend a lot of time in the sun, according to a new study. Study co-author Dr. David Fisher and his research team first uncovered the apparent link between red hair pigment and melanoma last fall. That study used genetically altered mice that had been given a mutant gene that increased their risk of contracting the skin cancer.

  • Smartphone Apps for Skin Cancer Risk Aren’t Reliable, Study Finds

    The reliability of smartphone applications to assess the risk of melanoma skin cancer is highly variable, and three of four apps incorrectly classified 30 percent or more of melanomas as not being a cause for concern, a new study finds. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer.

  • New Video Demonstrates Skin Cancer Self-Exam

    A new video that instructs people how to do a self-examination for skin cancer has been released by the American Academy of Dermatology. “Checking your skin for skin cancer only requires your eyes and a mirror. Involving a partner adds another set of eyes, which is especially helpful when checking the back and other hard-to-see areas,” Dr. Thomas Rohrer, a dermatologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Mass., said in news release from the academy. “Examining your skin only takes a few minutes, but it could save your life.”

  • Melanoma Odds Doubled for Transplant, Lymphoma Patients: Study

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10 (HealthDay News) — Transplant recipients and patients with lymphoma have a significantly increased risk of developing and dying from melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, a new study indicates. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota found that melanoma is 2.5 times more likely to strike these patients than people in [...]

  • Scientists Find Links Among Parkinson’s, Cancer and Family History

    TUESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) — People with Parkinson’s disease and their relatives may be at increased risk for prostate cancer and melanoma, and people with those cancers may be at increased risk for Parkinson’s, a new study suggests. University of Utah researchers estimated the risks for cancer among nearly 3,000 people in Utah who died [...]

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