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Skin tumors develop specific mutations to resist drug, researchers say

Basal cell carcinomas develop mutations in a protein on the Hedgehog pathway to evade a common drug therapy. Targeting another portion of ...

'We can save lives'

Researcher Box on a mission to halt spread of melanoma ...

MD Anderson Studies Skin Cancer Patients Resistant to Leading Therapy

Powerful drugs known as BRAF-inhibitors have been crucial for melanoma patients, saving lives through their ability to turn off the BRAF protein’s power to spur cancer cell growth. ... Full story

Gene study finds link with implications for melanoma therapy

Pediatric and Developmental Pathology – An odd-looking or changing mole or birthmark is always worrisome, particularly on a child. While most are benign, "cancer" jumps into every parent's mind. Gene studies and potential related therapies are just one front in the wide-ranging battle against melanoma. ... Full story

Text messages a new tool in the fight to prevent skin cancer

Australians' love affair with mobile phones could save their life according to a joint QUT, Cancer Council Queensland and University of Queensland study using text messages to improve skin cancer prevention and promote sun protection. ... Full story

Young Asians at greater skin cancer risk in Australia

New research from the University of Adelaide shows that young Asian Australians could be placing themselves at greater risk of developing skin cancer by engaging in "dangerous" sun behaviour. ... Full story

Sun damage and cancer: how UV radiation affects our skin

Sun exposure that doesn’t result in burning may still damage the skin cells. Rain/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA ... Full story

Bacteria could contribute to development of wound-induced skin cancer

Researchers at King’s College London have identified a new mechanism by which skin damage triggers the formation of tumours, which could have important therapeutic implications for patients suffering with chronic ulcers or skin blistering diseases. ... Full story

Anti-inflammatory drugs can help reduce skin cancer risk

Scientists at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have determined that some anti-inflammatory drugs have the potential to prevent the second most common type of skin cancer. ... Full story

Cyclops Sheep and New Skin Cancer Treatment

Basal cell nevus syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that causes multiple basal cell carcinomas in patients. Until recently, surgery has been the only treatment. Now, David R. Bickers, MD, the Carl Truman Nelson Professor of Dermatology and chair of P&S’s Department of Dermatology, and Ervin Epstein, MD, of Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California, have found that a drug called vismodegib can dramatically shrink basal cell skin cancers and prevent the formation of new ones. Their findings were published in 2012 in the New England Journal of Medicine. ... Full story

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