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Mom's Last Act Was to Save Unborn Baby

Cancer patient Cara Combs delayed treatment until she could give birth

(Newser) - Cara Combs was terrified when she was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma on Nov. 2, but not only for herself. The Missouri mother of three was also 23 weeks pregnant. Though a dermatologist had found nothing concerning during a check-up a year before, doctors said the cancer had spread throughout... More »

11 Moles the Not-So-Magic Number for Melanoma

More than that on the right arm could mean higher risk

(Newser) - This year will see almost 10,000 deaths in the US from melanoma, with nearly 74,000 new cases diagnosed. But most skin cancers, including melanoma, are curable if caught and treated early , which is why doctors are anxious to ID them ASAP. Researchers at King's College London say... More »

Jimmy Carter Has Melanoma on the Brain

He starts radiation treatment today

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter addressed his recent cancer diagnosis very specifically today, outlining the history of his recent medical condition. A very bad cold in May led him to get an exam; an MRI showed a cancer growth on his liver, and about a tenth of his liver was removed in early... More »

Deadly Skin Cancer Doesn't Grow in Moles Alone

Some 70%-80% of melanomas aren't associated with moles

(Newser) - Out of the 74,000 people expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year, almost 10,000 will die, the National Cancer Institute estimates. But skin cancer doesn't grow in moles alone, researchers reported earlier this month at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. In fact, based... More »

'One-Two Punch' on Cancer May Replace Chemotherapy

Drug combo shrinks 58% of melanomas via immunotherapy

(Newser) - Researchers have discovered a way to give aggressive skin cancer what one calls "a powerful one-two punch." In an international trial on 945 patients with advanced melanoma, drugs ipilimumab and nivolumab were able to shrink or stabilize tumors in 58% of people for an average of 11.5... More »

Coffee May Reduce Risk of Melanoma

Study suggests that the more you drink, the lower the risk of skin cancer

(Newser) - Heavy coffee drinkers who worry about their habit can at least bear this in mind: They have a lower risk of getting skin cancer, according to a large-scale study. Researchers found that people who downed four cups a day have a 20% lower risk of developing malignant melanoma, which CBS... More »

Mom Who Inspired Sarah McLachlan Dead at 34

Kathy Taylor of Utah inspired Sarah McLachlan, others

(Newser) - Kathy Taylor, who inspired singer Sarah McLachlan and others, has died in Utah after a fight against cancer while pregnant with her sixth child. She was 34. Taylor died at her home in Bear River on New Year's Eve, four months after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form... More »

Even Sun-Dodging Redheads Face High Cancer Risk

Pigment behind their coloring may be melanoma threat

(Newser) - Staying covered up may not be enough. Redheads face a higher risk of melanoma even if they stay out of the sun, a study suggests. That's because the pigment that causes red hair may itself contribute to the deadliest type of skin cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. "... More »

Cancer Center Launches 'Moon Shot' Fight

Houston center aims to slash death rates from 8 kinds of cancer

(Newser) - America's largest cancer center has declared an all-out $3 billion war on eight types of the disease. Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center is calling the push the "Moon Shots Program," likening it to John F. Kennedy's 1962 declaration that America would make it to the... More »

Skin Cancer Rampant Among Australia's Trout

Great Barrier Reef sits under large ozone hole

(Newser) - Look out, Snooki, sun tans are dangerous—even for fish. Scientists in Australia have discovered that 15% of coral trout in the Great Barrier Reef have gotten skin cancer from ultraviolet radiation. The Land Down Under, the LA Times notes, lies under the Earth's biggest hole in the ozone... More »

Aspirin May Help Prevent Skin Cancer

Research shows dropoff of up to 15%

(Newser) - Aspirin and other similar painkillers may ward off skin cancer, according to new research. About 20 years of skin cancer data in Denmark show that people who had taken NSAIDs—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers—were 15% less likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 13% less likely to have malignant melanoma,... More »

Skin Cancer Soars Among Young Adults

Researchers blame tanning beds

(Newser) - Researchers expected a rise in skin cancer among young women—but they didn't expect this: Between 1970 and 2009, melanoma became eight times more common among women 18 to 39 and four times higher among men in that age group, Time reports. "There is currently a melanoma epidemic... More »

Vitamin A May Fight Skin Cancer: Study

Supplement pills reduced risk, particularly in women

(Newser) - If you're worried about getting skin cancer, maybe some vitamin A supplements are in order; a new study has shown that people taking them were 60% less likely to develop melanoma. The study, which was published today in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, followed 59,000 people for six... More »

Some Cancers Climb as Deaths Drop Overall

No improvement in young adults' mortality rates

(Newser) - Cancer death rates are down overall, the American Cancer Society says, falling 1.8% among men and 1.6% among women between 2004 and 2008. Rates have dropped across all ethnic groups except American Indians and Alaskan natives, the Los Angeles Times notes. But the incidence of some types of... More »

In US, Skin Cancer More Common on Left Side

Driving is likely to blame, say researchers

(Newser) - Before you roll your car windows and set out on a summer road cruise, consider this: People in the US are more likely to get skin cancer on their left side, perhaps because of driving, new research shows. While driving, the left arm gets more UV. In cases where skin... More »

Two Skin Cancer Drugs Hailed as 'Breakthroughs'

Both can significantly increase survival for those with metastatic melanoma

(Newser) - Two new drugs offer new hope to patients with metastatic melanoma, the typically lethal advanced form of skin cancer. The trial of PLX4032, or vemurafenib, was so successful that the study was halted after three months so that all patients could receive the new drug, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Cancer Didn't Take Me, but It Did Take My Red Hair

Mary Elizabeth Williams explains why it's not a petty concern

(Newser) - When Mary Elizabeth Williams found out that the cancer on her scalp had been successfully removed, her first feeling was relief … followed quickly by, “What do you mean I can't color my hair?” Williams, who has been chronicling her cancer experience on Salon , had a circle of skin... More »

My 'Best' Summer...With Cancer

Author recounts her melanoma diagnosis last week

(Newser) - It took nothing more than a bump on the head to grind Mary Elizabeth Williams' "best summer of my life" to a halt last week, she writes for Salon. "I hypochondriacally Googled 'infected cuts,' " she writes, never dreaming her search term should have been "cancer"... More »

Breakthroughs Boost Cancer Patients' Hopes

Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma yield to new approaches

(Newser) - New treatments for cancer—breast, ovarian, and skin—raised hopes at this weekend's meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. The findings aren't enough for Robert Langreth of Forbes , who sees "serious questions about whether big drug companies may be rushing too fast." Judge for... More »

Scientists Hail Advances on Melanoma, Lung Cancer

New drugs show significant promise for treatment

(Newser) - Scientists say they've made notable progress against two of the most difficult cancers to treat—lung cancer and melanoma, reports the New York Times . On lung cancer, a drug in study of 82 people shrank the tumors of most participants, a result so remarkable that it will be featured at... More »

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