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Myriad Genetics, Inc. - Myriad myPath(TM) Melanoma Test Improves the Reliability of Melanoma Diagnosis

"Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MYGN) today presented results from a pivotal clinical validation study of the Myriad myPath™ Melanoma test at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago, Ill. The Myriad myPath Melanoma test is a novel molecular test that accurately differentiates malignant melanoma from benign skin lesions with a high level of accuracy and helps physicians deliver a more objective and confident diagnosis for patients."

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Myriad  |  Jun 2, 2014

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Melanoma Detection Enhanced with Blood Biomarkers

Melanoma Detection Enhanced with Blood Biomarkers | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"The need for invasive skin biopsies could be reduced extensively with Edith Cowan University researchers working on ways to detect melanoma in early stages, using a blood test in conjunction with visual scans.


"A $450,000 National Health and Medical Research Council development grant has enabled them to expand on a 2012 preliminary investigation of 40 people that identified eight blood biomarkers that indicated the early presence of melanoma tumour.


"ECU School of Medical Sciences Professor Mel Ziman conducted the original investigation and is working with PhD student Pauline Zaenker and postdoctoral research fellow Dr Elin Gray on the latest study."

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Medical Xpress  |  May 13, 2014

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iPhone App Offers Quick and Inexpensive Melanoma Screening

iPhone App Offers Quick and Inexpensive Melanoma Screening | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"The idea sounds simple: Take a photo of a suspicious mole or lesion with your phone, run it through an embedded software program and find out within a few seconds if it is likely to be cancerous.


"But it could make quick and inexpensive screening a reality for millions of people who lack access to medical specialists. A University of Houston professor created the app, called DermoScan, which is now being evaluated for further testing at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. George Zouridakis, professor of engineering technology, has worked on the project since 2005, moving it to an application for a mobile phone after the iPhone became ubiquitous. The goal is to provide quick screening in rural areas or in the developing world, where specialty medical care generally isn't available, he said."

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Medical Xpress  |  May 7, 2014

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Sidestepping the Biopsy With New Tools to Spot Cancer

Sidestepping the Biopsy With New Tools to Spot Cancer | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"For people with cancer or suspected cancer, the biopsy is a necessary evil — an uncomfortable and somewhat risky procedure to extract tissue for diagnosis or analysis.


"Lynn Lewis, a breast cancer patient in Brooklyn, has had her cancer analyzed an easier way: simple blood tests that are being called 'liquid biopsies.'


"Telltale traces of a tumor are often present in the blood. These traces — either intact cancer cells or fragments of tumor DNA — are present in minuscule amounts, but numerous companies are now coming to market with sophisticated tests that can detect and analyze them."

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The New York Times  |  Apr 7, 2014

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Genetic Mutations Warn of Skin Cancer Risk

Genetic Mutations Warn of Skin Cancer Risk | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Researchers have discovered that mutations in a specific gene are responsible for a hereditary form of melanoma.


"Every year in the UK, almost 12,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma, a form of skin cancer. About 1 in 20 people with melanoma have a strong family history of the disease. In these patients, pinpointing the genetic mutations that drive disease development allows dermatologists to identify people who should be part of melanoma surveillance programmes.


"The team found that people with specific mutations in the POT1 gene were extremely likely to develop melanoma. These mutations deactivate the POT1 gene that protects the ends of our chromosomes from damage."

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Medical Xpress  |  Mar 30, 2014

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New Skin Cancer Checking Software Set to Benefit Survivors

New Skin Cancer Checking Software Set to Benefit Survivors | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Skin cancer survivors are to be aided in checking for signs of the condition returning by new technology developed by experts at the University of Aberdeen.


"Initially targeted at those living in remote and rural areas, the software will educate out-patients in how to carry out self-examinations and enable them to send images of skin abnormalities directly to specialists."

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Medical Xpress  |  May 26, 2014

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Blue Nevi Acquired in Older Men, Lacked Association with Melanoma

Blue Nevi Acquired in Older Men, Lacked Association with Melanoma | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Blue nevi commonly occurred in older men and usually were not associated with melanoma, according to recent study results.


" 'Our findings support the concept that benign [blue nevi] are not uncommonly acquired in older age individuals and that they may be safely clinically followed in the absence of concerning clinical and/or dermoscopic features,' the researchers said."

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Mobile Technologies Expected to Change Paradigm in Melanoma Detection

Mobile Technologies Expected to Change Paradigm in Melanoma Detection | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"In this video, Allan C. Halpern, MD, illustrates how mobile technologies are expected to play a larger role in melanoma detection due to increased access and ease of use. However, he notes that a lack of oversight and quality assurance remain formidable challenges.


"While more than 50 iPhone apps are available to evaluate images of lesions, rashes and other abnormalities to help diagnose melanoma, the apps nevertheless use preexisting iPhone on-camera processing. Many inherent camera features attempt to improve the asthetic appearance of the skin, removing features that are critical to diagnosing a skin lesion."

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Healio  |  Apr 12, 2014

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Quick, Simple Blood Test for Solid Cancers Looks Feasible

Quick, Simple Blood Test for Solid Cancers Looks Feasible | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"The idea of a general, quick and simple blood test for a diverse range of cancers just came closer to reality with news of a new study published in Nature Medicine.


"Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine have devised an ultra-sensitive method for finding DNA from cancertumors in the bloodstream.


"Previous research has already shown circulating tumor DNA holds promise as a biomarker for cancer, but existing methods for detecting it are not sufficiently sensitive and do not cover a diverse range of cancers.


"Ways to increase the sensitivity and coverage of such tests exist, but these are cumbersome and time-consuming, and need lots of steps to customize for individual patients, so they are not feasible for use in clinics.


"The new approach promises to change that. It is highly sensitive and specific and should be broadly applicable to a range of cancers, say the researchers."

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Hyperspectral Camera Shows Promising Results in Detection of Skin Cancer

Hyperspectral Camera Shows Promising Results in Detection of Skin Cancer | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"A lightweight, handheld, ultra-precision hyperspectral camera has been developed for the detection of skin cancers and their precursors. From the surface of the skin, the camera recognizes early stages of cancer that are invisible to the naked eye. The hand-held, mobile hyperspectral camera images the skin region in two seconds. The large field of view (12 cm2) enables the detection of large skin areas at once. The preliminary results are promising."

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ScienceDaily  |  Feb 27, 2014

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