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Catherine M Olsen, Nirmala Pandeya, Bridie S Thompson, Jean Claude Dusingize, Penelope M Webb, Adele C Green, Rachel E Neale, David C Whiteman
Background: Risk stratification can improve the efficacy and cost-efficiency of screening programs for early detection of cancer. We sought to derive a risk stratification tool for melanoma that was suitable for the general population using only self-reported information. Methods: We used melanoma risk factor information collected at baseline from QSKIN, a prospective cohort study of Queensland adults age 40 to 69 years at recruitment (n = 41 954). We examined two separate outcomes: 1) invasive melanomas and 2) all melanomas (invasive + in situ) obtained through data linkage to the cancer registry...
March 11, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Nirmala Pandeya, Marina Kvaskoff, Catherine M Olsen, Adèle C Green, Susan Perry, Catherine Baxter, Marcia B Davis, Rohan Mortimore, Lorraine Westacott, Dominic Wood, Joe Triscott, Richard Williamson, David C Whiteman
A proportion of cutaneous melanomas display neval remnants on histologic examination. Converging lines of epidemiologic and molecular evidence suggest that melanomas arising from nevus precursors differ from melanomas arising de novo. In a large, population-based study comprising 636 cutaneous melanomas subjected to dermatopathology review, we explored the molecular, host and environmental factors associated with the presence of neval remnants. We found nevus-associated melanomas were significantly associated with younger age at presentation, non-brown eye color, trunk site, thickness <0...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Xiaojing Kang, Ying Zeng, Junqin Liang, Jing Li, Danyang Ren, Li Chai, Zhenzhu Sun, Shirong Yu, Xiujuan Wu, Wen Han, Weijia Wang
Malignant melanoma (MM) is a highly malignant melanocytic tumor, it occurs mostly in the skin, the mucous membrane close to the skin, but also in the tunicae rhagoides and the pia mater. The Uyghur is the largest ethnic group living in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, accounting for 46% of the total population of 20 million. Large-scale studies on MMs in Asian countries are limited. This study aimed to investigate BRAF mRNA expression and mutations in Chinese Uyghur patients with MMs and to identify the clinical features associated with these parameters...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nadezhda Palkina, Olga Sergeeva, Tatiana Ruksha, Ivan Artyukhov
Objective: The Melanoma Screening Day Campaign started in the Russian Federation in 2006. In the present study, we analyzed the 2015-2016 survey questionnaire data acquired from screened individuals in the city of Krasnoyarsk in eastern Siberia, which has a population of one million, in order to understand the level of awareness regarding melanoma/ skin cancer prevention and early diagnosis. Methods: Individuals were enrolled in the screening campaign by mass media advertising. Free whole-body examinations were provided by the doctors, and the standardized questionnaire forms (n=444) were completed to obtain relevant demographic, epidemiological, and clinical data...
February 26, 2018: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
Nikki R Adler, Patrick D Mahar, John W Kelly
BACKGROUND: Legal and ethical obligations do not always align when doctors become aware of a clinical situation involving a person with whom they have no pre existing therapeutic relationship. Noting a potentially malignant skin lesion, such as a melanoma on a person outside the clinical setting, provides a pertinent example. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to describe the legal, ethical and professional considerations surrounding proffering a dermatological opinion in the case of suspected melanoma outside the clinical setting...
December 2017: Australian Family Physician
Yang Zhao, Alexander Tyshkovskiy, Daniel Muñoz-Espín, Xiao Tian, Manuel Serrano, Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, Eviatar Nevo, Vadim N Gladyshev, Andrei Seluanov, Vera Gorbunova
Cellular senescence is an important anticancer mechanism that restricts proliferation of damaged or premalignant cells. Cellular senescence also plays an important role in tissue remodeling during development. However, there is a trade-off associated with cellular senescence as senescent cells contribute to aging pathologies. The naked mole rat (NMR) ( Heterocephalus glaber ) is the longest-lived rodent that is resistant to a variety of age-related diseases. Remarkably, NMRs do not show aging phenotypes until very late stages of their lives...
February 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Bianca Ciui, Aida Martin, Rupesh K Mishra, Barbara Brunetti, Tatsuo Nakagawa, Thomas J Dawkins, Mengjia Lyu, Cecilia Cristea, Robert Sandulescu, Joseph Wang
Wearable bendable bandage-based sensor and a minimally invasive microneedle biosensor are described toward rapid screening of skin melanoma. These wearable electrochemical sensors are capable of detecting the presence of the tyrosinase (TYR) enzyme cancer biomarker in the presence of its catechol substrate, immobilized on the transducer surface. In the presence of the surface TYR biomarker, the immobilized catechol is rapidly converted to benzoquinone that is detected amperometrically, with a current signal proportional to the TYR level...
January 18, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
V Papageorgiou, Z Apalla, E Sotiriou, C Papageorgiou, E Lazaridou, S Vakirlis, D Ioannides, A Lallas
Dermoscopy has been documented to increase the diagnostic accuracy of clinicians evaluating skin tumors, improving their ability to detect skin cancer and better recognize benign moles. However, dermoscopically "false positive" and "false negative" tumors do exist. False positive diagnosis usually leads to unnecessary excisions. False negative diagnosis is much more dangerous, since it might result in overlooking a cancer, with severe undesirable consequences for the patient and the physician. Therefore, management strategies should mainly focus on addressing the risk of dermoscopically false negative tumors...
January 5, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Mark S Springer, John Gatesy
MC5R is one of five melanocortin receptor genes found in placental mammals. MC5R plays an important role in energy homeostasis and is also expressed in the terminal differentiation of sebaceous glands. Among placental mammals there are multiple lineages that either lack or have degenerative sebaceous glands including Cetacea (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), Hippopotamidae (hippopotamuses), Sirenia (manatees and dugongs), Proboscidea (elephants), Rhinocerotidae (rhinos), and Heterocephalus glaber (naked mole rat)...
December 19, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
A K Rzepecki, N Jain, Y Ali, L Chavez, J Choi, B Schlosser, E Liko-Hazizi, S M Friedewald, J K Robinson
Background: Invasive melanoma, a lethal form of skin cancer, is the seventh most common cancer in women. Factors such as a history of indoor tanning or sunburn and a personal or family history of skin cancer increase a woman's risk of developing a melanoma. Objective: Because the majority of melanomas occur in patients age 40 years or older, which is the age that is recommended for women to begin screening mammograms, the mammogram experience could be used to promote early detection of melanoma by introducing skin self-examinations (SSE) to a population of women who are already invested in preventive health...
December 2017: International Journal of Women's Dermatology
Sphoorthi Jinna, Nina Livingston, Rebecca Moles
Skin injury is the most common form of child physical abuse. Although the pattern and visual appearance of skin injury and the treatment needed for the injury is similar in children and adults, characteristics of infant and childhood skin may complicate the diagnosis of injury. A good understanding of normal developmental presentation of accidental injury from infancy to adulthood, locations for injury that should trigger consideration of abuse, and cutaneous mimics of abuse across the lifespan are critical to the identification of suspected abuse...
November 2017: Clinics in Dermatology
Manuel John, M Raman, Keith Ryan
Ticks are tiny crawling bugs in the spider family that feed by sucking blood from animals. They are second only to mosquitoes as vectors of human disease, both infectious and toxic. Infected ticks spread over a hundred diseases, some of which are fatal if undetected. They spread the spirochete (which multiplies in the insect's gut) with a subsequent bite to the next host. We describe the only reported cases of peri ocular tick bite from India that presented to us within a span of 3 days and its management. Due suspicion and magnification of the lesions revealed the ticks which otherwise masqueraded as small skin tags/moles on gross examination...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
Tamanna Tabassum Khan Munia, Md Nafiul Alam, Jeremiah Neubert, Reza Fazel-Rezai
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and causes more deaths than other forms of skin cancer. It is a tiny small malignant mole that is usually black or brown but also appears in other color patterns. Early detection of melanoma is key as this is the time period when it is most likely to be cured. Due to the advancement of smartphone technology, automatic and efficient detection of melanoma mole using a smartphone is an active area of research. In this study, we developed an automatic melanoma diagnosis system using images captured from the digital camera...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Alice SM Tidman
More than 200 hereditary cancer susceptibility syndromes have been described, and it is thought that they account for 5-10% of all cancers. Many have dermatological manifestations (usually lesions, occasionally rashes) which frequently precede other systemic pathology. Dermatological signs are usually non-specific and often trivial in appearance, making their significance easy to overlook and a clinical diagnosis challenging. Histological examination is often required to differentiate lesions. They are usually benign and pathologically unrelated to the primary tumours, with the exception of the atypical moles of the dysplastic naevus syndrome, and may present simply as a cosmetic problem for the patient...
January 2017: Practitioner
M Seguel, F Muñoz, E Paredes, M J Navarrete, N L Gottdenker
The black rat (Rattus rattus) is an invasive species and potential reservoir of significant pathogens of man, domestic animals and wildlife. During the 2012-2014 austral summers, 201 black rats were captured and examined on the uninhabited Guafo Island, in Northern Chilean Patagonia (43.593029°S, 74.713481°W). The mite Ornithonyssus bacoti caused lymphoplasmacytic and eosinophilic dermatitis in all infected rats (105/210, 52%), but no skin lesions were observed in rats infected with Nosopsyllus spp. and Plocopsylla spp...
August 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
Juliana Berk-Krauss, David Polsky, Jennifer A Stein
Identifying new or changing melanocytic lesions, particularly in patients with numerous or atypical nevi, can be challenging. Total-body photography and sequential digital dermoscopy imaging, together known as digital follow-up, are 2 prominent forms of noninvasive imaging technology used in mole mapping that have been found to improve diagnostic accuracy, detect earlier-stage melanomas, and reduce costs. Digital follow-up, in combination with direct-to-consumer applications and teledermatology, is already revolutionizing the ways in which physicians and patients participate in melanoma surveillance and will likely continue to enhance early detection efforts...
October 2017: Dermatologic Clinics
Vasantha L Gali, Amy M Kerkvliet, Jacob M Kusmak, Jana K Elwood
Alkaptonuria is a rare autosomal recessive metabolic disorder caused by deficiency of homogentisic acid (HGA) oxidase, the only enzyme capable of catabolizing HGA. Deficiency of this enzyme leads to excess HGA which deposits in the connective tissue. We present a case of a 64-year-old woman who was referred to the dermatology clinic for a full body mole check and skin cancer screening. Clinically she had blue/gray pigmentation of the external ear and sclera. Also she had a domed papule on the left cheek with punctate gray pigmentation which was biopsied...
August 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
Kevin K John, Jakob D Jensen, Andy J King, Chelsea L Ratcliff, Douglas Grossman
Skin self-examination (SSE) consists of routinely checking the body for atypical moles that might be cancerous. Identifying atypical moles is a visual task; thus, SSE training materials utilize pattern-focused visuals to cultivate this skill. Despite widespread use, researchers have yet to explicate how pattern-focused visuals cultivate visual skill. Using eye tracking to capture the visual scanpaths of a sample of laypersons (N = 92), the current study employed a 2 (pattern: ABCDE vs. ugly duckling sign [UDS]) × 2 (presentation: photorealistic images vs...
September 2017: Journal of Health Communication
Shanmin Zhao, Li Li, Shiyong Wang, Chenlin Yu, Bang Xiao, Lifang Lin, Wei Cong, Jishuai Cheng, Wenjing Yang, Wei Sun, Shufang Cui
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June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
Houman Pourhassan, Gael Clergeaud, Anders E Hansen, Ragnhild G Østrem, Frederikke P Fliedner, Fredrik Melander, Ole L Nielsen, Ciara K O'Sullivan, Andreas Kjær, Thomas L Andresen
The first developed secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) sensitive liposomal cisplatin formulation (LiPlaCis®) is currently undergoing clinical evaluation. In the present study we revisit and evaluate critical preclinical parameters important for the therapeutic potential and safety of platinum drugs, here oxaliplatin (L-OHP), formulated in sPLA2 sensitive liposomes. We show the mole percentage of negatively charged phospholipid needed to obtain enzyme-sensitivity for saturated systems is ≥25% for 16-carbon chain lipid membranes, and >40% for 18-chain lipid membranes, which was surprising as 25% is used clinically in LiPlaCis®...
September 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
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