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Skin Damage May Continue After UV Exposure

3 March 2015

Damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation could continue hours after exposure, according to a new laboratory study by US researchers. While it was previously believed that melanin protected the skin from harmful UV light, researchers found that melanin also might have a carcinogenic role.

Text Messages Can Improve Skin Cancer Prevention

2 March 2015

Mobile text messages can improve skin cancer prevention while promoting solar protection, according to the results of a recent collaborative study between QUT, Cancer Council Queensland and University of Queensland published in the journal Preventative Medicine journal. The trial was named the "Healthy Text" and assessed the influence and value of SMS-delivered messages that promoted solar protection and skin self-examination.

"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.