It is estimated that one person dies every hour as a result of melanoma in the United States. In the past decade, the count has been increased by 53 percent. A recent study suggests that regular use of sunscreen lotions in childhood can reduce the risk of melanoma by 40 percent in young adulthood.
The U.S, Based Array BioPharma received FDA approval for its much-awaited BRAFTOVI capsules with the combination of MEKTOVI tablets for the treatment of patients with metastatic melanoma with a BRAFV600E or BRAFV600K mutation.
Novartis today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) for Tafinlar® (dabrafenib) in combination with Mekinist® (trametinib) for the adjuvant treatment of patients with stage III melanoma with a BRAF V600 mutation following complete resection. Tafinlar in combination with Mekinist is in development to become the first adjuvant treatment specifically for melanoma patients with a BRAF V600 mutation.
Melanoma, a cancer of skin pigment cells called melanocytes, will strike an estimated 87,110 people in the U.S. in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A fraction of those melanomas come from pre-existing moles, but the majority of them come from sources unknown - until now.
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