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Avoiding Skin Cancer

While skin cancer is often caused by UV radiation (around 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers being caused by it), you’re never too old or too tanned to start avoiding skin cancer. Genetic damage in the skin caused by sun exposure permanently increases your chances of skin cancer so the sooner you start avoiding skin cancer the better. Here are a few things you can start acting on, in order to immediately start reducing your risk of getting skin cancer:

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Aging Population of Canada and Biotech

Many conditions and diseases are more likely to occur at an older age. Lifetime risk factors, the deterioration of the body and immune system, and a lack of diet and fitness regiments all add up to a greatly increased risk of diseases such as cancer. While society is making leaps and bounds in medical advancements, new treatment methods and life prolonging procedures invented in the biotech industry take an enormous amount of funding. In Canada, the very rapidly aging population is especially in need of biotech advancements – now more than ever.

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Merkel Cell Carcinoma Recap

While skin cancer is well-known and well-documented, in most communities, few people differentiate between the various types. Melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are, unfortunately, quite prevalent (and on the rise). It is important to understand the risk factors and preventative measures for these cancer types. However, there is one rare type of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma: a deadly type of skin cancer with a low survival rate that still has no approved, specialized treatment method.

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Natural Tanning Versus Tanning Beds

Working in the cancer industry, you become hyper-aware of carcinogens and cancer causing agents. While many consumer goods carry some risk, others can be extremely dangerous: the tanning bed trend is one of them. Often caused by an unfortunate stance on what beauty is perceived to be, many young people feel the need to spend countless hours each year participating in indoor tanning. This practice is known to greatly increase the risk of skin cancers. Despite this fact, many individuals (young women, especially) will actively use these cancer-causing agents year-round. Let’s take a minute to compare tanning beds with natural outdoor tanning:

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Skin Cancer Myths

When it comes to melanoma and other skin cancers, tanning, and safety, there are many misconceptions. It is important to understand what will help prevent skin-related cancers and what may actually increase your risk. Here are some common myths related to melanoma and other skin cancers:

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Melanoma: Where Does it Come From and How to Prevent it

The Sun's UV Rays

 

As the leading cause of death from skin cancer, melanoma is often referred to as “the most dangerous type of skin cancer” (Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov), despite being less common than Squamous cell and Basal cell skin cancers. Because of its definition as one of the more deadly forms of cancer, public knowledge surrounding melanoma is of great importance. As a visible cancer – and one that is more easily preventable than many other forms – individuals should be actively involved in avoiding risk factors, as well as educating themselves on the causes and symptoms of the condition.

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OncoSec Medical to Present at 3rd Annual Cancer Immunotherapy Conference

SAN DIEGO, CA, October 2, 2012 — OncoSec Medical Inc. (OTCBB: ONCS), a company developing its advanced-stage ImmunoPulse DNA-based immunotherapy and NeoPulse therapies to treat solid tumor cancers, announced today that the company will be presenting at the 3rd Annual Cancer Immunotherapy: A Long-Awaited Reality conference taking place from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT on October 4, 2012, at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York.

Punit Dhillon, President and CEO, will provide an overview of ImmunoPulse, a treatment that uses OncoSec’s patented electroporation platform to dramatically enhance the delivery and uptake of a locally delivered DNA-based immunocytokine.

The presentation is expected to begin at 9:15AM ET.

A live and archived webcast of the company’s presentation at the conference hosted by MD Becker Partners LLC will be available at www.regonline.com/mdb2012.

About the 3rd Annual Cancer Immunotherapy: A Long-Awaited Reality Conference

“Cancer Immunotherapy: A Long Awaited Reality” is a unique, single-day conference event that unites founding visionary researchers, clinicians, business leaders, key investors, and other stakeholders to engage in discussions, exchange information, highlight opportunities, and showcase leading companies in the field of cancer immunotherapy.

 

 

Practice Safe Sun

How do you reach a generation of teens more influenced by Twitter than textbooks, teens who are more tuned into YouTube than public safety announcements, more hooked in by Jersey Shore than the safety messages put out by the dermatologist? It’s become increasingly challenging to convince ever-distracted youth of the dangers of tanning. A multitude of skin cancer awareness and prevention material is distributed daily through digital and print, but how do we most effectively get through to young adults?

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OncoSec Receives ISO 13485 Quality Management System Certification

OncoSec received notified body certification to the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) 13485 standard for the “design, development, manufacture, and distribution of electroporation devices”. The certification confirms the company’s Quality Management System (QMS) and that the company’s manufacturing processes are controlled, documented and compliant with the stringent requirements set by the European Union.