A LABOUR MP has told how a routine haircut revealed his deadly skin cancer - and could even have saved his life. Chris Bryant fought through tears today as he bravely discussed his discovery of the disease, which was only spotted after he got a shave at the barbers, The Mirror revealed. The MP for Rhondda in Wales, 57 was told he had melanoma after his husband Jared Cranney noticed the thick mole, which looked like a 2p piece, on the back of his head after a haircut. He encouraged others to seek urgent help if they ever spot anything suspicious on their skin.And he added in a warning to Theresa May: "If the Prime Minister says anything hostile about the Welsh NHS I shall projectile vomit at her across the chamber." In a moving interview with Sky News today he said it "feels like being punched in the stomach" to find out the news. The disease affects 13,500 people in the UK every year, and more than 2,000 die of it every year. He underwent surgery to tackle the mole - including having … [Read more...] about MP’s haircut revealed deadly skin cancer – and could have saved his life
DETROIT – Kim Wesley's New Year's resolution is pretty simple: She wants to live. The 41-year-old single mother has eight young children to raise, but an aggressive skin cancer has spread throughout her body, draining her physically. She spent New Year's Eve getting chemo, her bright-blue eyes fixated on the hanging plastic bag filled with toxic, liquid hope. The Swartz Creek woman, who was in remission for five years following a 2012 melanoma diagnosis, learned last year that the disease was back and had spread to her breast, abdomen, lungs and liver. She was blindsided by the recurrence: Two months earlier, a CT scan showed no disease, she said, noting her doctor said she was in the clear. But a routine mammogram in January 2018 revealed the cancer was back. Wesley would lose her red hair, her energy, her livelihood, her car – fallout from two potent chemo drugs that landed her in the hospital for … [Read more...] about Mother of 8 fights aggressive skin cancer: ‘I won’t sit down to die’
Fifteen years after a chance meeting started their partnership, a compound Jeffrey Arterburn, and Eric Prossnitz discovered may lead to new skin cancer treatments. Arterburn, a Regents professor in chemistry and biochemistry at New Mexico State University, and Prossnitz, a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, met after a regional scientific conference in 2003. Arterburn told Prossnitz about some compounds he had developed that might help Prossnitz’s research. The two quickly realized that their work dovetailed nicely. Arterburn, a medicinal chemist, had derived compounds from estrogen that Prossnitz could further modify to make fluorescent. The molecules lit up under a microscope, allowing scientists to see where their receptors were displayed on cells. Arterburn could further change the compounds’ properties by adding or removing atoms from their molecules. Prossnitz, a molecular biologist, was … [Read more...] about Collaboration between NMSU and UNM Cancer Center could lead to new skin cancer treatment
Are regular gym-goers more likely to have an "addiction" to tanning — and, therefore, a higher risk of skin cancer? A study of the tanning habits of gym users, done by a Lincoln Memorial University research team and published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Dermatology, says it's possible. LMU assistant professor Vinayak Nahar, who was study co-investigator with a team of researchers led by University of Connecticut Center for Health and Social Medical Director Sherry Pagoto, said the study shows that people who tan in gyms tend to tan indoors more often, heightening their skin cancer risk. “The presence of tanning beds could reinforce the misconception that tanning is healthy,” Nahar said. More: Cure for some cancers found in an Oak Ridge National Lab waste container Researchers polled 773 people who have either tanned indoors or intended to do so, using data from 636 of those interviewed. Among their findings: 24 percent of indoor tanners had … [Read more...] about LMU researcher: Gym-goers more likely to develop tanning ‘dependence’ — and skin cancer
Correction: In an earlier version of this story, the amount of Vitamin D used in the study was misstated. Researchers find massive amounts of Vitamin D could be the answer to the summertime nemesis of every pale person: The blistering, crimson sunburn. People who took huge doses of the vitamin an hour after a sunburn saw long-term benefits — significant reductions in redness, swelling and inflammation. That's according to researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The school's study was the first-ever trial to exhibit the anti-inflammatory perks of Vitamin D. It's welcome news to those who've earned the "strawberry" nickname a time or two. But perhaps more importantly, the discovery raises new questions for researchers, chiefly: Could rapidly healing skin mean better protection from ultraviolet radiation and, perhaps, skin cancer? "We are currently investigating that topic and hopefully may learn new ways to … [Read more...] about If Vitamin D is a potential sunburn remedy, what does it mean for skin cancer?