Melanoma – What’s the Latest?

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Sun safety applies to everyone, regardless of skin color, gender, or age.

Skin cancer screeningsThat was the message emphasized in a recent live video webchat with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) dermatologist Jennifer Lin, MD. During the chat, Lin answered questions about the latest in melanoma treatment and prevention.

“The bottom line is that UV radiation causes mutations in our genes, which can lead to cancer,” says Lin, who works in DF/BWCC’s Melanoma Treatment Center. “We have to live with the sun, so it’s important that we learn to limit exposure and minimize a lifetime risk of accumulating genetic mutations. ”

Lin discussed a number of prevention topics, including risk factors, types of sunscreen, and screening recommendations. She also spoke about new research in treating melanoma, including the latest in immunotherapy.

Watch a recording of the webchat below:

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