Yelena Wu, PhD, studies sun safety behaviors in Utah families. In this video she answers frequently asked question about sun safety and why it's important in preventing skin cancer.... Read More
About the Center
Melanoma is a type of cancer that forms in cells called melanocytes. It usually forms in skin, but can also form in other tissues such as the eyes or intestines. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds can raise the risk of melanoma of the skin. Members of the Melanoma Center do research to improve understanding and management of skin cancers. The center has these broad goals:
- Improve melanoma treatment
- Develop immune system therapies to treat it
- Create targeted therapies against proteins involved in the disease’s spread to other areas
- Identify new genes involved in melanoma susceptibility
- Develop strategies to prevent the disease
- Develop animal models of melanoma
A Sample of Current Projects
- Investigating aspirin as a UV-protectanct and potential melanoma prevention agent in subjects at high-risk for melanoma.
- Studying mechanisms of combination immunotherapy plus oncolytic virus-based therapy for melanoma.
- Examining genes that regulate development of melanoma brain metastases.
- Developing alternating dosing regimens to forestall the onset of drug resistance in patients with advanced BRAF-mutated melanoma.
A consensus statement published today in JAMA Dermatology by an international group of melanoma researchers evaluates the use of prognostic genetic expression profile (GEP) testing to guide clinical management of patients with melanoma. The group cautioned against routine use of currently available GEP tests for patients with cutaneous melanoma. ... Read More
Cancers that happen in and around the eye are very rare. The most common type of eye cancer that happens in adults is ocular melanoma, sometimes known as intraocular melanoma. This is when melanoma forms inside the eye or just around the eyelid.... Read More