Tag: Melanoma

Moles vs. melanoma formation depends on environmental cues

November 25, 2021

Moles and melanomas both form from the same cell called melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that give colour to the skin to protect it from the sun’s rays. It was thought that specific changes to the DNA sequence of melanocytes, called BRAF gene mutations, are what differentiates moles and melanomas: moles are usually harmless while melanocytes […]

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Melanoma rates in the US steadily increasing

January 2, 2017

Researchers are saying that more and more Americans are being diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Since 2009, the rates of the deadliest form of skin cancer have steadily increased despite warnings to stay out of the sun, use sunscreen and avoid tanning beds. “The current lifetime risk of an American […]

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