Research reveals how UV rays activate skin cancer

Scientists discover how ultraviolet rays trigger skin cancer. They may also have found a way to stop skin cancer in its tracks using a gene target.

Melanoma is a cancer of the skin pigment cells, which are called melanocytes. Melanoma only accounts for around 1 percent of all skin cancers, yet it is responsible for most skin cancer-related deaths. Melanomas can occur anywhere on the skin, but they are most likely to develop on the chest and back in men and on the legs in women. Other common sites for melanomas include the neck and face.

When exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, melanocytes release melanin, a dark brown to black pigment that protects the skin from the sun’s rays. But in melanocyte stem cells that have reached and exceeded a threshold of genetic mutations, activation by sun exposure causes them to grow a tumor. Skin cancer research professors have identified a way to prevent melanomas that are caused by the mutated stem cells.

When exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, melanocytes release melanin, a dark brown to black pigment that protects the skin from the sun’s rays. But in melanocyte stem cells that have reached and exceeded a threshold of genetic mutations, activation by sun exposure causes them to grow a tumor.

Scientists have identified a way to prevent melanomas that are caused by the mutated stem cells.

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MWS Skin Cancer Update 2017 – Cape Town March 3rd–4th, 2017

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The Melanoma World Society (MWS) is the successor organization to the WHO Melanoma Group. The latter established the World Congress of Melanoma in the years 1985–2005, conducted trials and other projects with melanoma patients. The WHO melanoma group was disbanded in 2005, as WHO did no longer financially support such expert groups. MWS was initiated at the 8th World Congress of Melanoma 2013 in Hamburg, founded in June 2014 in Munich, and registered in January 2016.

The First MWS International Educational Symposium – Skin Cancer Update 2017 is the first of a series of educational meetings organized under the auspices of the Melanoma World Society. It is intended to organize the meeting every year in different countries.

International and national key opinion leaders on skin cancer will be invited to give an overview throughout specified presentations, to present latest clinical trial results, and to discuss on exciting new drugs, technologies and methods of treatment with the audience. The lively interaction of clinicians, as well as experts in translational and basic research, and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, guarantees a successful outcome for every participant.

In addition to the scientific value of this meeting, every participant may seize the given opportunity to interact with experts in a familiar setting in one of the most interesting cities of South Africa.

Please join us for this event and submit your own studies and case presentations as free communications and as posters.

We look forward to welcoming you in Cape Town in March 2017!

 
 
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HALLMARKS OF SKIN CANCER (HoSC) CONFERENCE

HALLMARKS OF SKIN CANCER (HoSC) CONFERENCE

November 6th-8th, 2017, HEIDELBERG

 

HoSC is organised by PhD and MD students of the Research Training Group (RTG) 2099 Hallmarks of Skin Cancer, headed by Prof.Sergij Goerdt. The RTG profits from a lively exchange between its research centres in London, Mannheim and Heidelberg combining basic science and clinical education with the emphasis on the hallmarks of skin cancer.

Our aim is to improve the understanding of skin cancer biology by addressing the key questions regarding tumour initiation, progression and metastasis. Additionally, we focus on the questions surrounding the contribution of angiogenesis, immune response and stroma in tumourigenesis.

This conference will offer a platform for young scientists and students where they can meet outstanding experts in the field and establish contacts with fellow researchers from all over the world.

 

The conference will take place from 6th-8th November 2017 at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg.

We are looking forward to lectures from the following confirmed distinguished speakers:

Boris C. Bastian, San Francisco

Corine Bertolotto, Nice

Cédric Blanpain, Bruxelles

Anja Katrin Bosserhoff, Erlangen

Meenhard Herlyn, Philadelphia

Catherin Niemann, Cologne

Carien Niessen, Cologne

Sergio Quezada, London

Dennis Roop, Aurora

Dirk Schadendorf, Essen

Maria Sibilia, Vienna

Patrizia Stoitzner, Innsbruck

Thomas Tüting, Magdeburg

Erwin Wagner, Madrid

Fiona M. Watt, London

Ashani Weeraratna, Philadelphia

 

For detailed information on the programme, please refer to the preliminary schedule.

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