Focus on Melanoma / Skin Cancer
Focus is the online newsletter for Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
News is posted as it happens, making Focus the most up-to-date source of information about the developments and people at the Cancer Center.
Below are all the Focus articles related specifically to melanoma and other skin cancers. All Focus articles are also available.
How Melanoma Tumors Evade the Immune System
Investigators from Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center found that the chemo-attractive signals (chemokines) that direct immune cells into tumors are actively suppressed by the cancer, thereby allowing tumors to evade immune responses.
Sun Safe: Prevent Skin Cancer
Exposure to intense summer sun increases the risk of skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US. Skin cancer is most curable when found and treated early—but you can prevent skin cancer with simple sun safety practices.
E-cigarettes: No Smoke, No Danger?
Smokers turn to e-cigs to ease nicotine withdrawal, or to avoid harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke. But many use e-cigs in public spaces and regular cigarettes everywhere else. Quitting half-way won’t help. And we don’t know that smokeless vapor is safe.
Brussel Sprouts, Beer…and Arsenic?
Dartmouth researchers analyzed toenail clippings to measure long-term arsenic levels in the body. They found significantly increased exposure in people who regularly consume beer, white wine, Brussel sprouts, and dark meat fish.
Using a Parasite to Fight Cancer
Instead of removing tumors surgically, can we inject them with a "poison" that would cause them to destroy themselves? Scientists experiment in the lab with ways to use a common parasite in future treatment for cancer.
Fight Sun Exposure Risk
Outside workers worry about machines and noise more than sunscreen, but too much sun increases risk for skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S. The best way to fight back is to protect yourself from overexposure.
The Cancer Center's Telisa Stewart, MPH, DrPH, teaches youngsters, as well as adults, that a day in the sun is a beautiful thing but that if kids aren't protected, it can also be dangerous.