Best Way to Beat Melanoma is to Know the Symptoms

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Most of the time, it starts in a certain type of skin cell that produces melanin. However, melanoma also can form in your eyes and, rarely, in internal organs such as your intestines.

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How the Springtime Sun Can Fool You and Damage Your Skin

Springtime temperatures may not be as intense as the summertime heat, but you still have to protect your skin against the sun’s damaging rays. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun, which is the No. 1 cause of skin cancer, is a year-round concern, says dermatologist Melissa Piliang, MD, FAAD. You can be fooled by the springtime … Read More

How Your Own Immune System Can Be Used to Fight Cancer

You may be familiar with radiation and chemotherapy as cancer treatments. But a lesser-known treatment, immunotherapy, is helping patients fight cancer in a different way — by boosting the immune system. When your immune system identifies and destroys abnormal cells, this prevents many cancers from developing. But some cancers produce signals that thwart the immune … Read More

Your Eyes: A Window to Your Health

The old saying goes that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they can also be a window into your health. Ophthalmologists often see clues in the eyes that warn of health issues elsewhere in your body. “Any ophthalmologist who does routine eye exams can detect these problems,” says ophthalmologist Richard Gans, MD. … Read More

New Drugs Give Melanoma Patients Hope

Melanoma treatment is changing dramatically – and for the better. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent approval of two new drugs, Tafinlar® (dabrafenib) and Mekinist® (trametinib), to treat advanced melanoma makes a total of four new melanoma drugs approved in the last two years. The new medications offer exciting and far-reaching possibilities for melanoma … Read More

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5 Tips to Take Out to the Ball Game

Is it game day in your hometown? Are you catching baseball fever? A little baseball fever never sent anyone to the hospital, but you can still make your trip to the ballpark easier on your body. Use these tips to stay healthy while you’re trying to catch that fly ball. 1. The every-inning stretch Don’t … Read More

Handheld Skin Scanner for Melanoma (Video)

Cases of melanoma, the least common but most lethal form of skin cancer, have been on the rise for at least 30 years. The good news: If caught early, the survival rate is 99 percent. Now doctors have a new FDA-approved handheld device that helps them scan the skin for dangerous lesions. Using imaging technology … Read More