Prevention is Better than Cure

Two new drugs, found to prolong the life of patients with advanced skin cancer, were revealed at a conference in Chicago, USA in June. In a trial, 84% of patients that took Vemurafenib twice a day were still alive six months later compared to only 64% of chemotherapy patients. The drug also prevents the disease from worsening by 74% compared with chemotherapy.

Another study showed that a one-course infusion treatment of another drug, Ipilimumab, may give patients with advanced melanoma extra years of life.

Figures show malignant melanoma takes the lives of more than 2,000 people in the UK each year, and more than 11,000 people annually develop the disease. Wearing sunscreen products significantly reduces your risk of getting skin cancer so ensure you are properly protected when the sun shines. Remember prevention is better than cure!
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