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"Melanoma Detection" Apps Lack Scientific Support

1 March 2015

Following consumer complaints, the US Federal Trade Commission has challenged claims by marketers of "melanoma detection" apps that these could detect symptoms of melanoma as lacking scientific proof.

Unprecedented Melanoma Study Maps Cancer Drivers

9 February 2015

Researchers have completed a comprehensive map of the genetic makeup of melanoma. By comparing the genomes of more than 300 melanomas, the researchers were able to identify mutational hotspots that give rise to cancer.

Family Risk Discussions After Melanoma Genetic Risk Testing

9 February 2015

Positive genetic risk information about melanoma may help to prompt people to discuss melanoma risk with a wider variety of family members, according to a study published in JAMA that examined the effects of hypothetical genetic testing.

Patient-Driven Teledermoscopy for Atypical Naevi Effective

4 February 2015

Teledermoscopy is effective and feasible as a method for short-term monitoring of clinically atypical naevi and can potentially enhance patient convenience, optimise physician scheduling, and promote efficiency, according to authors of a study published in JAMA Dermatology.

Coffee May Be Asociated with Lower Melanoma Risk

23 January 2015

Higher coffee intake was associated with a modest decrease in risk of melanoma in a large US cohort study, according to recently published results. The authors conclude that additional investigations of coffee intake and its constituents, particularly caffeine, with melanoma are warranted.

Teenage Acne and Cancer Risk in US Women

17 January 2015

In a recent study published in the journal Cancer, a team of researchers from Harvard Medical School has found a link between teenage acne and an increased risk of developing hormone-related cancer, including melanoma.

How Melanoma Resists BRAF+MEK Inhibitor Combination Therapy

16 January 2015

Melanoma cells resist the combination therapy of BRAF+MEK inhibitors by developing highly unusual changes in certain key cancer genes, according authors of a recent study. These signature changes or configurations not only mark the presence of drug resistance melanoma cells but also indicate to researchers potential new ways to shut them off.

Children of Melanoma Survivors Need Sun Protection

13 January 2015

Children whose parents are melanoma survivors are not receiving the best possible protection from the sun and ultraviolet radiation, according to authors of a recent study. In their view, interventions among such high-risk populations may help reduce the burden of melanoma in the United States.

Predominant Role of Bad Luck of Random Mutations in Cancer

12 January 2015

Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell divisions, according to authors of a study published in Science in early January. In an associated media release, the authors highlight that the types of cancer that had a higher risk than predicted by the number of stem cell divisions include skin cancer (linked to sun exposure).