August 27, 2010 TIPS & TUTORIALS

A New Way to Help Prevent Skin Cancer?

Since it's a brilliantly sunny day today in New York and Labor Day weekend is almost upon us, I thought I'd divert from makeup talk for a moment to mention some skin-and-sun-related news. The U.K.'s Daily Telegraph reports what could be a significant step in the fight against skin cancer—which is a fight we're all a part of, no matter what our age or skin color. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that a pill, which is currently in test trials, was able to significantly slow the growth of melanoma in 80 percent of the people involved in the tests—and for a few of the participants, it eliminated the cancer entirely. The pills works by inhibiting the faulty gene that causes cells to rapidly divide and create tumors. (By comparison, dacarbazine, a chemotherapy drug often used to treat melanoma, has only a five to 15 percent response rate). The doctor leading the study told the Telegraph, "We have never seen an 80 percent response rate in melanoma, or in any other solid tumor for that matter, so this is remarkable," though he did add that it's not yet clear how long the results last and if the pill could improve the overall life expectancy of melanoma patients. Still, the news is very promising and it will be interesting to see what comes of this study. Just remember, though, that the most important step you can take to prevent melanoma is to apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection (such as La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 40, shown above) to your exposed skin every day of the year, no matter where you live or what the weather is like. Be safe, everyone, and have a great weekend!


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