- Genes tied to blue eyes and red hair might be more likely to cause people to develop freckles and moles, both of which can be precursors to melanoma.
- In a new study, researchers found a subpopulation of cells enable tumors to resist drugs that target a particular pathway crucial for destroying melanomas.
- Do you continue to have dark circles under your eyes no matter how long you sleep? Suffer from acne well past adolescence? These skin problems may indicate underlying health complications.
- Immune cells may be the cause for drug resistance in melanoma patients, according to a new study, which found that blocking immune cells' survival signal led to smaller, easier-to-treat tumors.
- The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new melanoma drug as a last-ditch treatment option.
- A new device developed by researchers from the University of Texas can help to reduce the negative results associated with biopsies by more accurately detecting melanoma and other cancerous lesions.
- Serious sunburns increase an individual's risk for developing melanoma, however white women who received 5 or more blistering sunburns between the age of 15 and 20, increase their risk by 80 percent.
- Even if you don't burn when you go indoor tanning, you're still causing damage that can lead to melanoma.
- Doctors warn against nodular melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer that is responsible for over 40 percent of all melanoma deaths.
- Seco, a loyal dog, waited eight days outside the hospital to reunite with his sick owner, Lauri da Costa, after an attack to the face led to da Costa's melanoma cancer diagnosis and immediate surgery.
- Men living alone have a significantly higher risk of dying from skin cancer compared to women and men who live with partners, a new study finds.
- The Food and Drug Administrator approves a two-drug combination therapy for advanced melanoma.
Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. They predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye. Melanoma can originate in any part of the body that contains melanocytes.