Pigment in Red Hair Might Raise Melanoma Risk

May 9, 2013

The red in redheads’ hair is thought to put them at increased risk of the dangerous skin cancer melanoma, even if they don’t spend a lot of time in the sun, according to a new study. Study co-author Dr. David Fisher and his research team first uncovered the apparent link between red hair pigment and melanoma last fall. That study used genetically altered mice that had been given a mutant gene that increased their risk of contracting the skin cancer.

Smartphone Apps for Skin Cancer Risk Aren’t Reliable, Study Finds

January 17, 2013

The reliability of smartphone applications to assess the risk of melanoma skin cancer is highly variable, and three of four apps incorrectly classified 30 percent or more of melanomas as not being a cause for concern, a new study finds. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer.

New Video Demonstrates Skin Cancer Self-Exam

November 6, 2012

A new video that instructs people how to do a self-examination for skin cancer has been released by the American Academy of Dermatology. “Checking your skin for skin cancer only requires your eyes and a mirror. Involving a partner adds another set of eyes, which is especially helpful when checking the back and other hard-to-see areas,” Dr. Thomas Rohrer, a dermatologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Mass., said in news release from the academy. “Examining your skin only takes a few minutes, but it could save your life.”

Melanoma Odds Doubled for Transplant, Lymphoma Patients: Study

October 10, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10 (HealthDay News) — Transplant recipients and patients with lymphoma have a significantly increased risk of developing and dying from melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, a new study indicates.
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota found that melanoma is 2.5 times more likely to strike these patients than people in […]

Scientists Find Links Among Parkinson’s, Cancer and Family History

September 4, 2012

TUESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) — People with Parkinson’s disease and their relatives may be at increased risk for prostate cancer and melanoma, and people with those cancers may be at increased risk for Parkinson’s, a new study suggests.
University of Utah researchers estimated the risks for cancer among nearly 3,000 people in Utah who died […]

Common Skin Cancer a Chronic Condition, Study Says

August 2, 2012

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) — Here’s yet another reason to go easy on the tanning this summer: A new study affirms that basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, should be viewed as a chronic disease.
That’s because once most people have a single occurrence, they are at […]

People With Darker Skin Still at Risk for Melanoma

July 25, 2012

WEDNESDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) — Skin cancer is more common among white people, but people with darker skin are also at risk, a dermatology expert cautions.
While the skin pigment melanin does offer people with dark skin some natural protection against harmful ultraviolet rays and sunburns, this protection is not perfect and too much sun […]

33 Sickened by Salmonella Linked to Ground Beef: CDC

July 24, 2012

TUESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) — A salmonella outbreak that has sickened 33 people in seven states appears to be linked to recalled ground beef produced by Cargill Meat Solutions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The numbers of illnesses reported in each state are: Maine (1), Massachusetts (3), New Hampshire (2), […]

1 in 20 Cases of Melanoma Linked to Tanning Beds: Study

July 24, 2012

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) — Those who bronze themselves in tanning beds face a 20 percent increased risk of skin cancer, and that raised risk reaches 87 percent if they start before they are 35 years old, new research indicates.
The European study also estimates that one in every 20 cases […]

Coffee May Cut Your Risk for Common Form of Skin Cancer

July 2, 2012

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) — Yet another report points to the possible health benefits of caffeine, whether it comes in coffee, tea, cola or even chocolate.
A study published July 1 in the journal Cancer Research suggests that drinking caffeinated coffee could lower the chances of developing basal cell carcinoma, the […]

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