Yale study finds ‘hyperhotspots’ that could predict skin cancer risk
New research by Yale Cancer Center scientists reports the discovery of “hyperhotspots” in the human genome, locations that are up to 170-times more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from sunlight compared to the genome average.
Mustaches may lower risk of skin cancer-associated lesions on lips
Having a mustache might lower a person’s risk of developing a specific kind of pre-cancerous lesion on the lower lip known as actinic keratosis, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.Source: ABC News
Mutation Mystery: A Clinician Seeks Answers to Improve Skin Cancer Treatment for Women
Dr. Christine Ko has launched a study to see if a mutated gene can serve as a biological marker to predict the growth rate and recurrence of squamous cell carcinoma, a type of tumor of the thin outer layer of skin that affects about 700,000 Americans each year.
The Scary Causes Behind the Rise in Skin-Cancer Rates
Because I spent the first 18 years of my life in south Florida, I learned early that people either love the sunshine or are, like me, shade-seeking vampires. My mother was in the first group—a member of the baby-oil-and-reflector club—until she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, at age 23 (she found a second melanoma in 2000; both were removed with surgery).Source: Allure Magazine
Hell's itch is a rare sunburn reaction that feels like 'fire ants under the skin'
Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause plenty of skin damage and pain if proper precautions aren't taken. As if a painful sunburn isn't bad enough, in rare occasions, it can escalate. This phenomenon is referred to as "hell's itch". What is hell's itch? Hell's itch is a rare, extremely uncomfortable response to a sunburn, says dermatologist David J. Leffell, MD, section chief of the Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology Programs at Yale Medicine. It will typically crop up two days after a severe sunburn has occurred, and will last for two or more days. "It is described as a maddening, uncontrollable itch of the affected skin. Some have described it as deep sandpaper rubbing on the skin or severe pins and needles," says Leffell. The scientific literature has minimal information on the phenomenon of hell's itch. One of the only mentions of it in medical journals is a firsthand account by a medical student that was published in 2018 in the Journal of Travel Medicine.Source: Insider
HEALTH NOTES: Black and Hispanic Cancer Patients Are Underrepresented in Clinical Trials
A new study has shown that clinical trials for new cancer medications rarely analyze data on safety and effectiveness by race and that black and Hispanic patients are consistently underrepresented among participants.
Women’s Health Research at Yale to Fund Four New Studies
With seed money through this year’s Pilot Project Program – including the second-ever Naratil Pioneer Award recipient for research on the verge of a significant breakthrough – the researchers aim to answer questions vital to improving women’s health.