Professor Fabian V. Filipp lectures on the biology of malignant melanoma and pigmentation disease. The color of skin is due to the presence of a pigment called melanin, which can absorb cancer-causing sunlight.
Photo by Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism Laboratory, Fabian V. Filipp. Used with permission. CC BY-SA.
An international team of researchers is probing the links between skin diseases, including cancer, to speed the search for cures.
Individuals using indoor tanning are exposed to two types of UV rays – UVA and UVB – that damage skin and DNA and can lead to cancer, including the deadliest one: melanoma. Young users are most at risk.
Many gyms use free tanning beds to lure in new members who are eager to look and feel their best. But this, argues Sherry Pagoto, runs against the health lifestyle premise these gyms are advocating.
Blood can tell us a lot about our health.
Researchers have discovered some blood markers that indicate melanoma. Here's what has to happen for the test to reach clinics.
Bright sun and fatty foods are a bad recipe for your DNA.
Scientists have long thought that regions of DNA called telomeres control how long you live. We are now learning that it is your diet and lifestyle that shape your telomeres, not the other way around.
Professor Fabian V. Filipp with his team working on precision targeting of malignant melanoma.
Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism Laboratory
Cancer is a disease of our genes, but resistance to therapy might go beyond cancer mutations. The DNA stays the same, but cancer cells outsmart the drugs by switching their gene activity.
White people are not made for Australia’s weather conditions.
Most Aussies think we have such high rates of skin cancer due to an 'ozone hole'. But that's not the case. Here's why we have nearly a million cases of skin cancer per year.
People who are unable to tan and who have moles on their skin are among those at heightened risk of developing melanoma.
Australians over the age of 40 can now calculate their risk of developing melanoma with a new online test.
Fluorescent lights do emit UV, but not enough to harm human health.
The internet conspiracists are half right: most lights we have inside do emit UV, but not enough to harm us.
Sunscreen protects from skin cancer, burning and from the sun’s ageing effects.
PRONicki Dugan Pogue/Flickr
Whenever summer rolls around, it's easy to forget the basics of sunscreen. How long should I wait after applying it to go in the sun, and how long can I stay in the sun with it on?
Applications to list drugs on the PBS are usually submitted by the manufacturers of those drugs.
Some argue the current system of subsidising drugs in Australia needs changing to accommodate new cancer therapies. But two recent drug listings show the current system is working perfectly well.
Melanoma transfer tattoo.
Doctors are taught how to treat skin cancer – but not necessarily how to empathise with those who have it.
Former President Jimmy Carter in Aug., 2015 at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Carter was undergoing treatment for advanced melanoma at the time. Via AP.
Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, can usually be cured when caught early. When it has spread, however, it becomes a challenge. Recent findings are bringing hope. Here are a few examples.
Machines don’t make the same errors as humans when it comes to decisions based on visual analysis.
The value of machine learning is not only that it is more accurate than humans. It is also cheaper and more consistent in its diagnoses.
Lumps and bumps of all kinds crop up on our skin as we age, but how can you tell which ones you don’t need to worry about?
Most of the skin lumps we develop will be benign. Here are some of the most common, and how to tell them apart.
Where’s it gone?
A few cancers vanish without any medical treatment. Researchers are studying these 'spontaneous regressions' to see if they can lead to new cancer treatments.
A mobile phone is not a medical device – so don’t believe apps that say they are.
With an estimated 100,000 health and fitness apps available, it seems there is an app for everything – from tracking your bowel movements to practising your pimple-popping technique.
Although skin cancer is preventable, South Africa still spends millions on treatment.
Skin cancer – which is preventable – costs the South African health system more than is necessary.
People who have many moles on their body – as well as those with atypical moles – have a predisposition to melanoma.
A recent study claims most people with melanoma don't have many moles or any atypical moles. But exploring the study in depth shows these conclusions don't have a strong foundation.
International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as a Group I carcinogen – the most dangerous cancer-causing substances.
Tanning bed via www.shutterstock.com.
Researchers have estimated that 8% of the five million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the US can be attributed to indoor tanning.
Keytruda® targets a protein on the surface of immune cells that stopped them from attacking the melanoma cells.
Keytruda® is the latest drug to be registered in Australia for the treatment of widespread melanoma. But we must wait to see if it meets the cost-effectiveness targets for PBS subsidisation.