What are Some of the Treatment Options for Skin Cancer?

January 23rd, 2020

The most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma.

These are sometimes referred to as non-melanoma skin cancer.

Both of these cancers are carcinomas that actually begin in the cells that either cover or line an internal organ.

The rate of basal cell carcinoma in patients, accounts for 90 percent-plus of all skin cancers that are diagnosed in the United States and this is the most common of all cancers. This type of cancer is generally a slow-growing cancer and rarely spreads to other parts of the body.

What are the Stages of Skin Cancer?

January 21st, 2020

Most people do not really know very much about skin cancer. Some people fear it and may even overreact in protecting themselves.

But there are a large number of people who check their skin and they see some changes in their skin and just figure it will go away, in time. So they ignore it and in time, it may just go away, but then it may be too late.

Some skin cancers are slow-growing and some can start to grow and spread quickly, even internally without you ever noticing a thing.

What are the Five Signs of Skin Cancer?

January 16th, 2020

The skin is the largest organ of the body but is almost always ignored or abused. Interestingly, the skin plays a number of important functions that can only be maintained with a proper skin care regimen. For one, it is the skin that gives us the sense of touch that sends powerful signals to the brain.

Likewise, it serves as a protective barrier that prevents harmful bacteria to enter the body at any time. Perspiration also brings out excess water or salts away from the body via the skin. At the same time, sweating is the skin’s way of maintaining the body’s normal temperature.

How Do You Identify Skin Cancer Signs or Symptoms?

January 14th, 2020

Doctors suggest that you perform a monthly head to foot inspection yourself for suspicious spots on your skin.

You ought to take a look for this frequent skin cancer symptoms on your chest, back, ears, face, and neck. The overwhelming majority of instances of basal cell carcinoma happen in these areas on the body.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

The hallmark symptoms from the occurrence of this condition are bumps or skin lesions. Bumpy, basal cell growths are usually white having a waxy consistency and are typically located within your facial area.

What are the Types of Skin Cancer?

January 9th, 2020

Skin cancer is generally separated into two main categories, melanoma and nonmelanoma. Melanoma is the most severe form of skin cancer.

The nonmelanoma group encompasses all other skin cancers.

The two most common forms of nonmelanoma skin cancer, squamous cell, and basal cell carcinoma, are named for the squamous or basal cells which become cancerous.

The top layer of skin, the epidermis, is made up of basal and squamous cells. The surface of the skin is made of round, flat squamous cells, and below these are the basal cells. Hair follicles and sweat glands are in the dermis below the epidermis.

What is Skin Cancer?

January 7th, 2020

Skin cancer (skin neoplasms) are named after the type of skin cell from which they arise.

Basal cell cancer originates from the lowest layer of the epidermis and is the most common but least dangerous skin cancer.

Squamous cell cancer originates from the middle layer, and is less common but more likely to spread and, if untreated, become fatal.

Melanoma originates in the pigment-producing cells (melanocytes), is the least common, but most aggressive, most likely to spread and, if untreated, become fatal.

Most cases are caused by over-exposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning beds. Treatment is generally via surgical removal.

January 2020

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    Investigators present a new, quantitative technique that leverages DNA sequencing to make more sophisticated and accurate predictions about which primary melanomas are likely to recur and spread.
  • Body's natural signal carriers can help melanoma spread
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  • Skin cancer suppressor found
    A promising route to develop new treatments for skin cancer has been identified by the UK's University of Bath scientists, who have found a molecule that suppresses melanoma tumour growth.
  • New route for tackling drug resistance in skin cancer cells
    Researchers have found that melanoma cells fight anti-cancer drugs by changing their internal skeleton (cytoskeleton) -- opening up a new therapeutic route for combating skin and other cancers that develop resistance to treatment.
  • Study finds 95 percent satisfaction rate with Mohs surgery
    Patients who received Mohs surgery to treat the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, reported a 95 percent long-term satisfaction rate with their results, according to a new study.
  • Molecular characteristics of leptomeningeal melanoma metastases
    Very little information is known about the molecular development of leptomeningeal melanoma metastases (LMM), making it difficult to develop effective therapies. Researchers sought to change this by performing an extensive analysis of the molecular characteristics of the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with LMM.
  • Can the flu shot help fight cancer?
    Physicians and scientists have found that injecting tumors with influenza vaccines, including some FDA-approved seasonal flu shots, turns cold tumors to hot, a discovery that could lead to an immunotherapy to treat cancer.
  • New approach to enhancing response to immunotherapy in melanoma
    Scientists have identified a new way to boost the immune system's ability to fight cancer. The study used a mouse model to identify the importance of the Siah2 protein in the control of immune cells called T regulatory cells (Tregs), which limit the effectiveness of currently used immunotherapies. The research offers a new avenue to […]
  • Popular gyms undermining health with tanning beds
    Popular gym chains across the country capitalize on the broad desire to get healthy in the New Year with persuasive post-holiday marketing campaigns, but they're also undermining public health warnings about the dangers of indoor tanning, according to a new study.
  • Brachytherapy proves effective in treating skin cancer
    The use of high-dose-rate brachytherapy to treat elderly patients with common skin cancers offers excellent cure rates and cosmetic outcomes, according to a new study.
  • Findings could identify aggressive breast cancers that will respond to immunotherapy
    Researchers discovered a biological signature that could help identify which triple negative breast cancers might respond to immunotherapy and other treatments.
  • Blocking a survival mechanism could tackle melanoma treatment resistance
    The effectiveness of current treatments for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, could be improved by using approaches that wipe out the 'survival system' of cancer cells according to a new study. Researchers have demonstrated an approach, used in parallel with existing treatments, which is effective at triggering tumor cell death and delaying treatment […]