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Climate, Crops and Skin Cancer
Our planet is experiencing plenty of climate change these days - as it has been changing for a few billion years - with temperature records smashed and another drought affecting most of the U.S. What's this have to do with our health?
Indoor Tanning: Cancerous and Deadly
Want to know what you can do to avoid cancer? Here's an easy one. Don't use tanning beds and don't allow your children to either. Ever. Spread the word.
Investigational Agent Outperforms Chemotherapy
About half of all advanced melanomas have a defect in the BRAF gene. A new strategy may extend the survival time of people living with this most serious form of skin cancer.
For Olympians, Tough Skin is Necessary
Olympic athletes train to be the most mentally and physically tough competitors in their event. But for many, an unexpected condition can threaten a hard earned chance at success.
What's Burning in a Sunburn?
If you're light-skinned, you probably know what a sunburn is - you turn red, it's tender to the touch or flat out painful. It's a drag. So what causes all this? Scientists may now know.
Why Cancer 'Takes a Lickin' and Keeps on Tickin'
So how does cancer outsmart drugs to keep on growing? Researchers are finding some answers in most unlikely places.
Drink Up. Coffee may Lower Your Cancer Risk
We've had more good news than bad coming out about coffee these days. Its health benefits are being touted in a number of arenas, and that list has just expanded. Drinking more cups of caffeinated may lower your risk of the most common type of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma. That's the news coming out of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. Drink coffee freely - it may help Associate Professor, Jiali Han, PhD, said that these "results add basal cell carcinoma to a list of conditions for which risk is decreased with inc...
More Cancers Associated with HPV?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is probably most notorious for causing cervical cancer. The list of cancers associated with HPV has grown recently, and a new study may add two more cancer types to the list.
The Other 97 Percent of Skin Cancers
When you mention skin cancer, most people think of melanoma. But surprisingly, 97 percent of skin cancers look completely different than melanoma. As you may have already guessed, they are a lot more common.
Patchwork-Kill for Skin Cancer
Not all cancer treatments have to be a major life event. For one type of skin cancer, researchers just slapped a fancy band-aid on it.