STUDY SUGGESTS DRUG MAY REDUCE MELANOMA SPREAD.

The Detroit News (2/5, Kozlowski, 473K) reports Michigan State University researchers may “have discovered a potential drug that could stop the spread of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 90 percent.” The treatment “shuts down a gene’s ability to produce RNA molecules and certain proteins in melanoma tumors, stopping the cancer from spreading,” and after an initial 10 year study is “still two to five years away from human trials.” Their findings were published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics

The most important warning sign of melanoma is a new spot on the skin or a spot that is changing in size, shape, or color.  More information is available from the ACS. Melanoma visual and other information at NCI.