Cancer / Oncology Melanoma / Skin Cancer

Hair follicles can be a site of origin for melanoma

New research argues that melanoma can start not only in the skin, but also inside hair follicles. When they become cancerous, the cells then leave the follicles and move into the skin’s outermost layer, or epidermis. Share on PinterestNew research suggests that melanoma could originate in hair follicles, shown here. The scientists demonstrated this effect […]

Dermatology Melanoma / Skin Cancer

New moles and what to look out for

Moles are common, usually harmless, skin growths that develop due to an overgrowth of melanocytes, or pigment-producing cells. Moles, or nevi, typically form during childhood and adolescence, but new moles can appear in adulthood. Although most moles are noncancerous, or benign, the development of a new mole or sudden changes to existing moles in an […]

Cancer / Oncology Melanoma / Skin Cancer

Gut microbes can spur immune system to attack cancer

A worldwide study has identified gut bacteria that can boost the immune system’s ability to fight tumors. The finding should help improve and personalize immunotherapy treatments for cancer. Scientists find which gut bacteria help the immune system fight cancer. Immunotherapy is a general term for treatments that increase the body’s own ability to tackle disease. […]