Melanoma Spotlight

Melanoma Spotlight
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, accounting for the majority of skin cancer deaths worldwide. 

While melanoma rates have been rising over the last 30 years, advancements in treatment and early detection are providing new hope for patients everywhere. In this edition of Guided By Science, we explore melanoma prevention, early detection, and new treatments that are changing the way we treat this deadly disease.

OncoSec’s “What We’re Reading”: Volume 2

Each week at OncoSec, we come across a wide range of news material. This week, we continue our “What We’re Reading” series, with our second instalment. There have been quite a number of recent articles regarding cancer, the biotech industry and treatment methods but we would like to highlight three that you might find interesting and informative.

As relayed in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures 2012 report, an estimate 1.64 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer, in 2012, along with over 577,000 cancer-related deaths. While cancer treatments have become more and more effective with defeating, minimizing and slowing the growth of cancer – thus increasing life expectancy and lowering the mortality rate of cancer patients – prevention and early detection remain the most important factors. It is this point that National Cancer Control Month seeks to raise awareness for.

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:

When it comes to beauty as it relates to complexion, one may say there are two dominant schools of thought: Eastern and Western. Cultural implications of beauty are pronounced in every single culture. Time has seen significant shifts in the image of beauty and thusly, so has cultural behavior.

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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