Latest Basal cell carcinoma Stories

2009-06-15 11:21:09

A new study shows that a radioactive skin patch can safely and successfully treat basal cell carcinoma, one of the most common types of skin cancers, according to researchers at the SNM's 56th Annual Meeting. The skin patch, which delivers the radioactive phosphorus-32, is nontoxic and could be an excellent alternative to surgery or radiotherapy in cases where carrying out these treatments is difficult."While basal cell carcinoma is rarely fatal, it can be a painful and disfiguring disease,"...

2009-06-03 08:05:00

Actinic keratoses are sun-damaged rough patches or lesions on the skin "” often pink and scaly "” that doctors have long believed can turn into a form of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma.Now researchers at Brown University, the Veterans Administration Medical Centers in Providence and Oklahoma City, and others have determined that actinic keratoses appear responsible for a larger spectrum of skin cancers than previously thought. Their research is highlighted in the...

2009-05-04 08:00:00

Young women, Hispanics and African-Americans are at a greater risk than they might think SCHAUMBURG, Ill., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to current estimates, more than 1 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. While historically those most at risk for developing skin cancer are fair-skinned individuals with blonde or red hair, light eyes, and generally older populations, dermatologists advise that those who do not fit this profile are...

2008-10-13 12:12:42

People of European descent have two genetic variations that appear to increase the risk of the most common skin cancer, researchers from Iceland's Decode Genetics said on Sunday. Scientists said the variations play no role in skin color but people with both of them are nearly three times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma compared with people without the changes. Traditionally, darker skin is thought to be an important protection against skin cancer. "Here we have two variants that...

2008-09-28 00:00:12

Wonderful news. Gordon Brown has promised free prescriptions to all cancer sufferers. And, eventually, this will be extended to all people suffering from long-term problems such as asthma. It will be paid for by savings on the drugs budget such as switching to generic drugs rather than expensive drug company-branded products. Surely no one could object. At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man I am tempted to ask: "Have you thought this through or is it just a soundbite in an attempt...

2008-09-05 15:00:30

To: MEDICAL EDITORS Contact: Gisele Galoustian of Florida Atlantic University, +1- 561-297-2010, ggaloust@fau.edu BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Florida Technology, Research and Scholarship Board recently awarded Florida Atlantic University researcher Dr. Herbert Weissbach, distinguished professor and director of the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, and CHS Resources LLC (CHS), $184,294 as part of the...

2008-09-01 18:00:25

SKIN cancer has a distinctive smell that could be used to diagnose the disease, researchers have learned. Scientists used a machine to analyse the air above basal cell tumours - the most common form of skin cancer. It was found to differ from air tested above the same patches of skin in healthy volunteers. "Our findings may some day allow doctors to screen for and diagnose skin cancers at very early stages," said study leader Dr Michelle Gallagher, from the Monell Chemical Senses...

2008-08-22 13:10:00

Experts say a common form of skin cancer could be detected by its distinctive scent, possibly paving the way for new cheap and painless forms of testing. Philadelphia's Monell Center sampled the air directly above basal cell carcinomas and found it was different to similar samples from healthy skin. Separate teams of scientists are using dogs to sniff out bladder tumors from urine samples. Researchers from the Monell Center used gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to identify the chemical...

2008-07-15 12:10:00

California and Florida may vie for the title "sunshine state," but Colorado has the distinction of getting a lot more sunshine overall and thanks to its higher average altitude, a lot less atmosphere to shield its residents. Colorado trails other states in skin cancer rates but the three main types, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, still afflict many here, ranging between 17.6 and 23.6 people per 100,000 in 2004, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

2008-07-08 06:00:00

By Paul Harasim Before Dr. Johnnie Woodson began to remove tiny moles from Rosa Stone's face, the dermatologist reminded his patient that individuals with dark skin are not immune from sun-inducing skin cancer. Don't buy into the myth, the doctor said, that a person with more melanin, or pigment, in the skin is invincible to the harsh effects of ultraviolet rays. "That misconception can cause a lot of suffering or worse," Woodson said. "It is true that darker skin means less incidence, but...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'