The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 87,000 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed in 2017. While not as common as other forms of skin cancer, melanoma is more aggressive, and if it's not diagnosed and treated early, it can spread rapidly to other organs. Within the last 10 years, however, researchers have developed new treatments that are giving patients hope.
Mary Weber looks forward to her daily bike ride each morning. It wasn’t too long ago that she didn’t have the strength to walk up a flight of stairs, let alone exercise. “I was really sick,” Mary said. “I couldn’t do anything that a healthy person could do.” Having grown up in San Diego, Mary spent her childhood at the beach. That was before most people understood the importance of using quality sunscreen. “I [...]
With skin cancer being the most common of all cancers, protecting yourself from the sun is something to think about all year long, especially on these hot, summer days. According to a survey by the CDC in 2008, only a third of adults report using sunscreen regularly. However, getting even a single sunburn increases your risk of developing melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer. Suffering five or more sunburns doubles your lifetime risk. While [...]
Jackie Templeton and her husband, Brian, will celebrate 50 years of marriage this month. It's a milestone Jackie wasn't sure she'd live to see. After a difficult two-and-a-half year struggle against metastatic melanoma, her health improved significantly after being introduced to an immunotherapy drug called Keytruda, as a patient at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. "I've never been in a tanning booth, but my mother always thought if you looked tan, you were healthier," Jackie [...]