Asian American and Pacific Islander Month: Disparities in Melanoma Outcomes Between Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and White Patients

The month of May celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month a period dedicated to the recognition of the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements. In light of this observance, the subject of disparities in melanoma outcomes between patients of Asian American and Pacific Islander […]

Skin Cancer Awareness Month: AI Model Predicts Immunotherapy Response in Melanoma Patients

The discovery of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) revolutionized the treatment of advanced melanoma, however, there is currently no easy way to predict patient response  or their risk for immune-related toxicities without conducting RNA sequencing – a method rarely found at community oncology clinics. Researchers report an emerging technique that aims to solve this problem by […]

AI Model Predicts Immunotherapy Response in Melanoma Patients

The discovery of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) revolutionized the treatment of advanced melanoma, however, there is currently no easy way to predict patient response  or their risk for immune-related toxicities without conducting RNA sequencing – a method rarely found at community oncology clinics. Researchers report an emerging technique that aims to solve this problem by […]

Remembering Bob Marley: Rare Melanomas and Racial Disparities in Cutaneous Oncology 

Known as one of the pioneers of reggae who increased the visibility of Jamaican music across the globe, Bob Marley is less recognized for his battle with a rare form of melanoma – acral lentiginous melanoma.  The story of the global pop culture figure highlights the racial disparities in prevalence and treatment of melanomas, as […]

Racial Differences in Time to Treatment for Melanoma Patients

The incidence of cutaneous melanoma continues to rise as an estimated 2.3% of Americans are diagnosed with the disease per year. Research has shown that the frequency of dermatology visits can reduce adverse events, mortality, and unnecessary hospitalizations for melanoma patients. Time of detection and time to treatment are essential factors in guaranteeing the best […]

Advances in Melanoma Treatment and Prognosis

The most dangerous type of skin cancer, melanoma, can be entirely curable if caught and treated early. However, once it has become metastatic, the average five-year survival rate drops down to between 15 and 20%. Previously, patients with a late stage melanoma diagnosis faced poor outcomes and very low survival rates. A melanoma diagnosis used […]

A Smartphone App Helps in Diagnosing Melanoma

While differentiating skin cancer from a harmless lesion can be tricky, Michael Kolodney, the chair of West Virginia University’s Department of Dermatology, has recently developed a smartphone app: designed to help students practice diagnosing melanomas based on their physical appearance. Experienced dermatologists office diagnose their patients’ lesions through visual diagnoses, versus a checklist-based assessment. While […]

FDA Recently Approves Combination Treatment for Melanoma

The rates of melanoma have been consistently rising in the last three decades: statistics from the American Cancer Society indicate that about 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2018; approximately 9,320 people will die of melanoma in the same year. In light of the rapid rise of both melanoma and overall skin cancer cases, […]

Melanocortin 1 Receptor Variants as a Risk for Melanoma

Recently published findings in JAMA Dermatology explore the role of MC1R in melanoma risk, and whether it contributes differently to the skin cancer risk factors in males and females. MC1R, the melanocortin 1 receptor, is one of the key proteins involved in regulating mammalian skin and hair color: controlling the type of melanin being produced—and […]

Keeping Kids Safe in the Sun

In order to effectively care for toddlers and small children at the beach—or any location with strong UV rays—it is critical to know sun-safe preventive care routines. While skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, most cases are preventable if skin cancer risk factors are addressed, including inadequate sun protection. […]