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Skin Cancer

Research based medical information about the symptoms and treatment of skin cancer. Also find information about Melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer. Basal cell and Squamous cell cancer are two most common types of skin cancer.

Utah's Skin Cancer Rate Is Sky High

With a skin cancer rate among the 10 highest in the nation, Utah health officials are urging residents to take steps to keep their skin safe. Utah Department of Health (UDOH) data show that the rate of melanoma--the deadliest form of skin cancer--is increasing. In 2005, 554 Utahns were diagnosed with melanoma, up from 494 in 2004. Every year, melanoma kills an average of 63 Utah residents.

The good news is that skin cancer is preventable when sun protection measures are used consistently. UDOH and the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN) recommend:

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Leukine As A Potential Adjuvant Therapy For High-Risk Melanoma Patients

Results from an adjuvant trial in high-risk melanoma patients demonstrated that a majority of patients treated with Leukine (sargramostim) achieved disease-free and/or overall survival. These findings, which indicate Leukine's potential in this cancer setting, were released at the 44th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Results from the Phase II study (ASCO abstract #20027) show that 60 percent of the 45 high-risk patients enrolled in the trial experienced disease-free survival and 64 percent of patients achieved overall survival at 21 months.

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An Alternative To Surgery For Treating Skin Cancer

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.

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Most Organ Transplant Patients Are At Risk For Skin Cancer

As the number of organ transplants continues to increase throughout the world, so too are the number of organ transplant recipients developing skin cancer. Due in large part to the immunosuppressive medications required to prevent organ rejection, skin cancer among patients receiving solid organ transplants -- such as kidney, heart, liver, or lung, among other organs -- also tends to be more aggressive and spreads more quickly than in other patients.

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