- Florida has the second highest melanoma rate in the country. Despite known links between tanning lamps and skin cancer, the state has a flourishing indoor tanning bed industry.
- A new type of vaccine genetically modifies the body's immune system, allowing it to subdue melanoma tumor growth on its own.
- GlaxoSmithKline will continue studies of its cancer vaccine intended to treat stage 3 melanoma patients.
- A pigment from bacteria may soon make its way into sunscreens as a safe way to block UV light.
- Tattoo ink can hide the true cancerous nature of a mole. One man found out he had melanoma after specialists insisted he remove his mole to continue his tattoos' laser removal.
- Researchers at the University of Windsor won an impressive amount of grant money to investigate the anti-cancer properties of dandelions, a common garden weed.
- Pediatric melanoma is on the rise and is harder to detect than adult melanoma. At-home skin checks are an important part of any summer routine for everyone in the family.
- A new type of computer imaging system could help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies. But some physicians express concern.
- Using personalized immunotherapy, a new melanoma vaccine uses a patient's own skin cells to boost the body's immune response to existing cancer cells.
- GSK hopes to sidestep the normal FDA approval process by submitting mid-stage clinical data for a combination of already approved melanoma drugs.
- A new nanotechnology-based sensor can detect the smell of human melanoma from cancerous skin cells.
- Combining Diabetes Medication With Cancer Treatments Shown Effective In Treating Drug-Resistant MelanomaResearchers have found that cancer treatment works more effectively against drug-resistant melanoma cells when aided by a diabetes drug.
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.