New microscopic technique could help detect, diagnose metastatic melanomas
The fight against skin cancer just got a new weapon. Researchers have devised a new tool to detect and analyze single melanoma cells that are more representative of the skin cancers developed by most patients. The study outlines the new techniques that could lead to better and faster diagnoses for the life-threatening disease. Ref. Source 6e.
This would be a huge step forward in the battle against cancer as skin cancer is a scourge that has been increasing in frequency lately. It is increasing because we think of tanned skin as a beauty mark so both men and women spend inordinate amounts of time in the sun damaging themselves. Heck, we even have people damaging themselves in tanning booths and then going out into the sun to do it some more. As long as we act this way the frequency of melanomas will continue to rise and we'll more of this of research and diagnosis tools.
Boosting treatments for metastatic melanoma. Clinician-scientists say that new findings might have identified a treatment-boosting drug to enhance effectiveness of therapies for metastatic cancer and make them less toxic, giving patients a fighting chance at survival and improved quality of life. Source 9m.