- A tanning bed ban for minors was signed yesterday by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, intended to limit teenagers' risk for developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
- Drug-Resistant Melanoma Cells Become 'Addicted' to Cancer Drugs and Shrink When Treatment is InterruptedMelanoma tumors that develop resistance to anti-cancer drug vemurafenib, or more commonly known as Zelboraf, also develop addiction to the drug.
- The risk of skin cancer is higher for redheads and sun exposure doesn't make much of a difference, says a new study.
- The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has launched a program that seeks to dramatically reduce the death rates of eight deadly and common cancers.
- Studying the genetics of an indigenous Malaysian tribe may be the key to unlocking the mystery that has long perplexed scientists: why East Asians have light skin but lower skin cancer rates than Europeans.
- Scientists have discovered a chemical extract in green tea that can treat two types of skin cancer, without producing the harmful side effects associated with chemotherapy.
- A drug called, Elesclomol, blocks an essential pathway in cancer cells that results in their death.
- Scientists are trying to discern the properties of shark skin that make them so impervious to skin cancer.
- Researchers and doctors have consistently been baffled by cancer cases in which treatments conducted kill the cancer cells in the laboratory, but provide only partial results in patients, with the cancer returning in as little as a few months. The the answers do not lie in the cancer cells themselves, but in the healthy cells in the environment next to them.
- Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a lotion that sends therapy for skin ailments beneath the surface.
- Over-the counter painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, might protect against skin cancer, a new study suggests.
- New state tanning restrictions have recently been updated in May 2012for minors under age of 18 years-old.
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.