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New Melanoma Drug Hailed As Cancer ‘Breakthrough’

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New Melanoma Drug Hailed As Cancer ‘Breakthrough’

Guys, if you know a scientist, go give them a high-five. Scientists are kickass!

The FDA has just approved a breakthrough cancer medication that researchers are saying will prolong the lives of patients with melanoma. While it’s certainly not a cure, it’s a big step.

Said Tim Turnham, director of the Melanoma Research Foundation:

"Clearly this is not a home run, but it's a solid base hit. And because we see other things in the pipeline, we think this the first in a series of important new therapies for melanoma."

The new drug called Yervoy is different than traditional cancer treatments like chemo therapy in that it utilizes the immune system’s ability to fight off cancer instead of trying to kill the cancer with outside chemicals (chemo).

This is huge! Sooo awesome!

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Wealthier Women Get More Melanoma

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Wealthier Women Get More Melanoma

A recent study found that melanoma rates among young white women have more than doubled in the past three decades. And the rates are especially high in wealthy, educated women.

As to the reason why this trend is happening, senior author Christina A. Clarke has an idea:

“We think this has to do with cultural preferences in higher-income groups for tanning, having the time to tan and the means to pay for tanning beds, and sun exposure on vacations in the middle of winter.”

Here’s our advice: NEVER go to tanning beds. AND wear sunscreen every day — especially on your face.

You will pay the price later in life if you don’t protect yourself while you’re young.

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Extra Correspondent Survives Cancer

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We’ve had so much good news about people fighting off cancer this week!

Extra news correspondent Jerry Penacoli was dianosed with stage three melanoma last fall and decided to document his battle through it in a video diary.

Things went poorly when doctors tried to operate on the mole.

"Two surgeries later I ended up with one nasty infection, stuck in the hospital with a 104-degree fever, on intravenous antibiotics," said Penacoli.

Thankfully, he beat it and was back to work on Monday!

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Filed under: TV NewsR.I.P.



Stephen J. Cannell, the producer of iconic television shows such as The A-Team, 21 Jump Street and The Rockford Files has died at the age of 69.

His family released the following statement, saying:

"Stephen J. Cannell passed away at his home in Pasadena on Thursday evening due to complications associated with melanoma. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Aside from being a legendary television producer and prolific writer, Stephen was also a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. Mr. Cannell is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Marcia, their three children, Tawnia, Chelsea and Cody and three grandchildren. Stephen was the pillar of strength within his family and he touched everyone he met. He will be most deeply missed.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society or The International Dyslexia Association. Details regarding his memorial service will be released."

Poor guy. He had such an impact on television history. At least now he is at peace.

We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends for their loss.

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