06/08/2012 - 10:07

It's the most common form of skin cancer, but in its advanced stages, basal cell carcinoma has the potential to become disfiguring and life threatening. An international phase 2 study headed by Mayo Clinic led to the recent Food and Drug Administration approval of the first drug of its kind to help advanced basal cell carcinoma patients who have few treatment options. The results appear in the June 7 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine

07/19/2011 - 15:56

Oral squamous cell carcinoma remains as the most prevalent head and neck cancer worldwide, with higher incidence rates in developing countries, as a consequence of a more elevated exposure to tobacco and alcohol carcinogens.  Primary prevention, based on lifestyle alterations as quitting smoking and alcohol drinking, is still essential, but secondary prevention, focused on early diagnosis and prompt treatment of suspected lesions has been shown to be effective in reducing mortality in high risk populations. Leukoplakia is the most commonly diagnosed oral preneoplastic lesion and the risk of malignant transformation is around 20% over a period of 30 years