Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

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5 Tests Every Man Under 55 Needs

March 10, 2017 | Dory Benford

It’s vital to undergo certain exams that can detect cancer early and improve your chance of cure even when you feel perfectly fine. We spoke to Cary Presant, M.D., about the five tests every man aged 55 and under needs to take, whether you’re experiencing specific symptoms or not.

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Focus on skin cancer: Q&A with Kim Margolin, M.D.

July 12, 2016 | City of Hope

Kim Margolin, M.D., answers questions about the latest in melanoma treatment and research. While she is excited about new discoveries that are feeding more fine-tuned and effective therapies, she stresses that sunscreen’s benefits go beyond the obvious, and that early detection is still the most effective form of prevention.

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Summer skin safety: Accessories that protect against skin cancer

July 6, 2016 | H. Chung So

One of the joys of summer is basking outdoors in the warm sunshine. Whether you are spending these long summer days on the beach or at backyard barbecues, keep in mind that getting too much sun puts you at increased risk for skin cancer.

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How to check for skin cancer (w/infographic)

June 27, 2016 | Sara Lewis

To catch skin cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage, conduct a head-to-toe skin self-exam once a month to check for suspicious moles. Here are other tips for detecting skin cancer.

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10 facts all women should know about melanoma

May 25, 2016 | City of Hope

Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers in the United States, more common than all other cancer diagnoses combined, and while melanoma represents just a small portion of those cases, it is by far the most deadly cancer of the skin. With summer days fast approaching, here are 10 facts all women should know about melanoma of the skin.

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What I learned: 4 hard-won lessons from skin cancer survivor John Garner

March 11, 2016 | By Denise Heady

John, 66, knows that cancer isn’t something people are typically grateful for, but he credits the disease for pushing him to be fearless and focused enough to return to his first loves: writing, running and coaching high school football.

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What you need to know about melanoma and other skin cancers (w/PODCAST)

July 3, 2015 | City of Hope

Hans Schoellhammer is the assistant clinical professor of surgical oncology at City of Hope ǀ Antelope Valley. Here, he discusses the risk factors for skin cancer. City of Hope is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and precancerous conditions.

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23-year-old gave scant thought to skin cancer, then he noticed dark mole

May 24, 2015 | Samantha Bona

“Skin cancer” was pretty much the last thing on the mind of a healthy, outdoorsy kid like Tanner Harbin. College student and skin cancer patient Tanner Harbin now gives much more thought to sun safety.

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Meet our doctors: Surgeon Laleh Melstrom on rewards of fighting melanoma

May 23, 2015 | Samantha Bona

Meet Laleh Melstrom, an expert in  surgery for skin cancer. Skin cancer is an enticing field to be in these days. Just ask Laleh Melstrom, M.D. M.S. , one of City of Hope's newest surgeons. “In the last few years, melanoma has been the type of cancer that has really shown the most progress in terms of treatments,” Melstrom said.

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Skin cancer treatment: Research combined with a comprehensive approach

May 22, 2015 | Samantha Bona

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States today, and its incidence is on the rise. Forty to 50 percent of light-skinned Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once in their lives.

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