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Reported March 24, 2014

Skin Cancer’s Deadliest Form

TAMPA, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – It brightens the day, and helps the grass grow. But the sun is taking more lives every year in the United States. Now, there's a new treatment for metastatic melanoma.

Christine Postoian has metastatic melanoma. It’s a skin cancer that spreads rapidly and aggressively. She says it’s no wonder — she spent most of her life soaking up the sun.

“I'd use baby oil and sometimes you'd add that little iodine to color your skin even further,” Postoian told Ivanhoe.

The survival rate for metastatic melanoma was eight months, but now it's up to 23 months, thanks to a newly approved FDA combination of drugs. The two drugs are known as BRAF and MEK drugs.

“You're better off today with our new repertoire of drugs than people ever were in the past,” Jeffrey Weber, MD, PhD, Director, Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, told Ivanhoe.

This new drug combo essentially blocks all the pathways so the tumor can't spread. Dr. Weber compares it to a police chase.

“If you’re clever, not only do you block the main highway, but you block all the exits and all the other ability of the bad guy to get off the road. In that case you will definitely catch him, because he has no place to go,” Dr. Weber said.

For Postoian, the new treatment is like a ray of sunshine that hopefully means better health is on the horizon.

The cost of this new treatment is 16,000 dollars a month.

Epidemiologists tell us that sun exposure in the first three decades provide the greatest risk for melanoma.

To prevent melanoma — don't schedule outside activities during 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Wear a wide brimmed hat with sunscreen and make a mole map of your body and keep track of it. MORE.

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If this story or any other Ivanhoe story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Marjorie Bekaert Thomas, mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

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