2017 shapes up to be a GREAT Year For The Future Of Melanoma Treatment

Melanoma is a cause near and dear to our hearts over here at Allegory. Often undetected until it’s too late, the rates of melanoma diagnosis are rising quickly. Too quickly. There are over 232,000 new cases of melanoma recorded every year and nearly 55,000 reported deaths every year worldwide, making it, undoubtedly, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Enter 2017, the year scientists have begun to crack the melanoma code. The science is a little….well, science-y, so we’ll break it down for you. Breakthroughs have been made in both the detection of melanoma and the treatment.

Changes in the skin’s melanin (the stuff that gives your skin color) are often the first signs of melanoma. The issue here is that while one kind of melanin is distinctly colored and can offer up first signs of the deadly cancer, the other melanin is not visible, it is clear and is not detectable using the current technology. Two researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital's Wellman Center for Photomedicine have discovered a way to detect this second, more defining, melanin change by using the distinct vibrations of its molecular structure. Basically, they’ve discovered a way to detect cancer with a tuning fork.

The other amazing breakthrough that has happened is in the realm of treatment. Scientists have discovered the mechanism within melanoma (as well as lung cancer) that switches the cancer cell from “infect here, tumor building mode” to “migrate” mode. This discovery has lead to a new medication that, while it won’t cure cancer, will stop it from migrating (technically called metastasizing), therefore making it easier to contain, remove and cure. Clinical Studies are starting now.

This is fantastic news for all of us fair-skinned and redheaded folks, as we are the ones most prone to melanoma.

Read more from Science Daily here.

Megahn Perry

Megahn brings to Allegory the benefit of more than 15 years of experience in a host of different facets of the entertainment industry.

Megahn began as an actor and comedienne and transitioned into writing and selling features and television to companies such as Good Machine, Sony, Paramount and 20th Century Fox. She wrote for Craig Robinson on his MSN web comedy series, “Mr. Robinson’s Driving School.” Her acting credits include “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dawson’s Creek,” VH1’s “I Hate My 30’s,” and NBC’s “The Lyon’s Den.” Her most recent feature appearances are in indies The Perfect Host and The Lonely Italian.

She tries her best to live up to her “Scream Queen” status from previous features like The Convent and The Gravedancers.Megahn’s success in the horror genre led her to write, produce and star in the popular online character and show “Heather Campbell, Teenaged Vampire,” which has more than 38 million collective views. She has also written for and acted in award-winning viral videos like “Text Message Break Up” (more than 2 million views) and “Shoes” (59 million views).

In 2010, Megahn began focusing more directly on producing. Her television producing credits include “The Hasselhoffs” and “Extreme Home Builds” for A&E and “I Love Kellie Pickler” for CMT. Megahn is also the co-creator of ExBoyfriendJewelry.com, a website dedicated to the buying, selling or trading of “ex” jewelry that is no longer wanted. The site and its various off-shoots have appeared in People, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post and on MSNBC, “Dateline,” “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show.”