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.
  • A customer waits to start her tanning session at a tanning salon.
    The U.S. government released two reports on Thursday that showed despite years of warning about the cancer risks associated with outdoor UV rays exposure and indoor tanning, the same number of young adults get sunburned as did a decade ago, and the great number of people are still getting risky indoor tans.
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    While people are advised to apply plenty of sunscreen when being outdoors to reduce the risk of overexposure and skin cancer, scientists have discovered that an ingredient found in most sunblock...
  • Melanoma is on the rise in children
    There has been a dramatic rise in the most dangerous type of skin cancer cases in young adults, particularly in young women, a new long term study found.
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    U.S. health regulators on Monday approved a pill from the Genentech unit of Swiss drug maker Roche to treat an advanced form of the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma (BCC).
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    Researchers in Italy claim a form of radioactive paste may clear tumors caused by skin cancer without using surgery or radiotherapy.
  • A shave biopsy is a reasonably safe and accurate method for the initial diagnosis of melanoma, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. In the past, some physicians have criticized shave biopsies for not providing accurate T (tumor) stage information, thereby complicating treatment planning.
  • While incidents of melanoma continue to increase despite the use of sunscreen and skin screenings, a topical compound called ISC-4 may prevent melanoma lesion formation, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.
  • Scientists at Yale University have identified a set of plasma biomarkers that could reasonably predict the risk of metastasis among patients with melanoma, according to findings published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
  • Thanks to the zebrafish, there is new hope for people with melanoma, an aggressive skin cancer that is responsible for approximately 8,700 deaths each year in the United States.