The point of entry for skin cancer in response to sun exposure is in receptor molecules, molecular "hooks" on the outer surface of cells that also pull cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana out of the bloodstream.
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While occupational risks are inherent in many jobs, workers who make a living toiling in the sun face an increased threat of skin cancer from repeated overexposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
When detected early, most skin cancers can be successfully treated.
Researchers have discovered how a mole develops into melanoma by showing the interaction of two key proteins involved in 60-70 percent of tumors. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer because it metastasizes or moves around the body so quickly.
In a demonstration that even some of the most hard-to-treat tumors may one day succumb to therapies aimed at molecular 'weak points'.
May is national skin cancer awareness month. TOPEX, Inc. located in Danbury, CT is helping to fight this disease with a low energy or superficial x-ray therapy system specially designed for this treatment procedure. This new system provides an alternative to surgery for treating basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, especially for primary lesions requiring difficult or extensive surgery with sensitive structures in the head and neck regions -- the fold in the nose, eyelids, lips, corner of the mouth, and the lining of the ear that would otherwise lead to a poor cosmetic outcome.
An unusual form of skin cancer may be a sign of an underlying syndrome that makes people more susceptible to certain other cancers.