Gwen Spector, RN, BSN, COCN, CCP
The month of May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and Monday May 1st is Melanoma Monday. Melanoma is the least common but most deadly skin cancer. Melanoma incidence rates have been rising for at least 30 years.
Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN
Exciting new cancer research is happening all the time, but even the best and newest cancer treatment have side effects, including the recently approved melanoma drug ipilimumab (Yervoy®). Approved in October 2015 by the U. S.
A clinical trials shows that a combination of ipilimumab and saragramostim improves overall survival in patients with advanced metastatic melanoma better than ipilimumab alone.
As a mother, I honestly don't care much about what it takes to get my young adult daughter to use sunscreen, I just want her to use it. But, apparently, a slightly negative attitude toward sunscreen isn't unusual among teens and young adults.