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Derm In The News: April 28-May 4


Keep up with the latest headlines in dermatology from the past week, including the invention of a groundbreaking method for detecting skin cancer using Terahertz waves, a survey indicative of young people's perceptions of sun exposure, and more.

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BBC: Warwick scientists invent new way to detect skin cancer

Researchers at the University of Warwick have devised a groundbreaking method for detecting skin cancer using Terahertz (THz) waves. These waves, positioned between infrared and microwaves on the electromagnetic spectrum, enable precise mapping of tumor extent with heightened sensitivity to changes in water concentration, a marker for skin cancer. Professor Emma MacPherson's team conducts trials using THz waves to scan and accurately delineate cancerous areas, potentially revolutionizing surgical procedures by guiding precise tumor removal while preserving healthy skin. Early trials on patients have shown promise, with plans for further testing in the summer.

CBS News: New survey shows more young people are believing myths about skin cancer

A recent survey conducted by the Orlando Health Cancer Institute revealed concerning misconceptions about skin cancer among young Americans. Nearly a third believe that a tan signifies health, despite it being indicative of skin damage. Additionally, 1 in 7 young adults think daily sunscreen use is riskier than direct sun exposure, and nearly a quarter believe hydration prevents sunburn.

UC Davis Health: The myth about melanoma and skin cancer in people of color

This Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May, Oma Agbai MD, from UC Davis Health, emphasizes the prevalence of skin cancer and discusses the myth that individuals with darker skin tones are immune. She discussed the importance of discussing risks with patients, the necessity of sunscreen for all skin types, and how to offer prevention tips, including staying in the shade and wearing protective clothing. Agbai also highlighted the importance of early detection, especially for people of color who may face barriers to health care access.

WKBN: Advanced Dermatology to partner with Optima Research for free clinical trials

Advanced Dermatology and Optima Research are teaming up to offer free clinical trials for testing new medications targeting various skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, male-pattern hair loss, hidradenitis suppurativa, and prurigo nodularis. The open appointments for the trials will take place on Wednesday, May 8, at Optima Research in Boardman, Ohio, with no payment or health insurance required for participation.

WTVG: Bravia Dermatology offering free skin cancer checks for first responders

Brevia Dermatology of Ohio is organizing 4 events in May offering free skin cancer checks for first responders. Firefighters and EMTs can attend on May 6 and May 14 at the Toledo Firefighters Local 92 Union Hall. Police officers can attend on May 2 and May 30 at the Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio building. Exposure to the elements while at work significantly increases first responders' risk of skin cancer.

Have you seen any dermatology headlines this week that we may have missed? Share with us by emailing our team at DTEditor@mmhgroup.com.

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