Posts Tagged ‘PCMR’

New: register for hardcopy annual PCMR subscription from ESPCR any time during the year

Saturday, January 8th, 2011
New: register for printed annual PCMR subscription any time during the year!

New: register for printed annual PCMR subscription any time during the year!

New: now, starting in January 2011, it is still possible to register and request for hardcopy annual Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research (PCMR) subscription through ESPCR any time during the year, extending the previous announced deadline, established on December 31st. The IFPCS has extended this possibility thereby making possible to register, pay and receive printed issues of the PCMR journal throughout the year. Please visit the updated JOIN/RENEW web page and select your new registration/renewal with (+additional 70 Euros, on the top of the standard ESPCR annual membership fee) or without hardcopy subscription to PCMR. Please contact the ESPCR Treasurer  at treasurer@espcr.org in case of any doubt, comment or question.

Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research (Call for Papers)

Thursday, October 8th, 2009
PCMR September 2009 Call for Papers

PCMR September 2009 Call for Papers

TANNING AND MELANOMA – NOT HYPE

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

No such thing as a safe tan – PCMR replies to sunbed manufacturers. The current issue of Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research (PCMR) features 3 perspectives papers writen by David E. Fisher and collaborators, Marianne Berwick and Dorothy C. Bennett on the dangers of sunbed tanning.

The PCMR WEB site includes an iPod cast interview with Dr David E Fisher on “the dangers of sunbed tanning”.

The three perspective articles are freely accessible from the PCMR website.

UV and pigmentation: molecular mechanisms and social controversies
Thanh-Nga T. Tran, Joshua Schulman, David E. Fisher

Are tanning beds “safe”? Human studies of melanoma
Marianne Berwick

Ultraviolet wavebands and melanoma initiation
Dorothy C. Bennett

PCMR PRESS RELEASE: Thursday September 18, 2008

More than skin deep: There’s no such thing as a ‘safe’ suntan, researchers warn

There may be no such thing as a ‘safe’ tan based on ultraviolet (UV) radiation, according to a series of papers published in the October issue of Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research, the official journal of The International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS) and the Society for Melanoma Research.

The authors of the three review papers – leading researchers in the fields of cell biology, dermatology and epidemiology – have examined the effects on skin of UV radiation, including that from indoor tanning beds. As well as highlighting the need for greater research into this area, they have called for the use of such beds by under-18s to be banned, along with any publicity that claims that tanning beds are safe.

Exposure to UV radiation, for example, from sunbathing or using an indoor tanning bed, affects the skin in a number of ways, including causing DNA damage, photoaging (damage to the skin from chronic exposure to sunlight) and skin cancer. UV radiation is the most ubiquitous carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) for humans, in whom skin is the organ most commonly affected by cancer.

Although more research is required, published data suggest that indoor tanning beds, which are used most by young women, are linked to an increased risk of melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer), and do not support the idea that tanning beds are safe.

In one of three papers in the series published today, Dr David E Fisher, dermatologist and president of the Society of Melanoma Research, and colleagues from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston have explored the social issues and molecular mechanisms related to tanning caused by UV exposure. Reviewing published data in the field, the authors report that both tanning and skin cancer seem to begin with the same event – DNA damage caused by UV exposure. This leads them to suggest that a ‘safe’ tan with UV may be a physical impossibility.

The authors conclude: “UVR [ultraviolet radiation] exposure represents one of the most avoidable causes of cancer risk and mortality in man. Whereas genetic and other factors undoubtedly contribute importantly to skin cancer risk, the role of UV is incontrovertible, and efforts to confuse the public, particularly for purposes of economic gain by the indoor tanning industry, should be vigorously combated for the public health.”

The other two papers in the series have been written by Dr Marianne Berwick, an epidemiologist at the University of New Mexico Cancer Research and Treatment Centre, and Dr Dorothy C Bennett, a dermatologist at the Division of Basic Medical Sciences, St George’s, University of London, London, UK. The three papers and a related podcast with Dr Fisher can be accessed for free online at http://www.pigment.org/.

Skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the US; the American Academy of Dermatology reports than one American dies every 62 minutes from melanoma. The WHO estimated that, in the year 2000, up to 71 000 deaths worldwide were attributed to excessive UV exposure.

New PCMR issue published (October 2008)

Saturday, September 20th, 2008
PCMR OCtober 2008 issue

PCMR OCtober 2008 issue

A new issue (October 2008) of the scientific journal Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research has been published and released. Its contents include these topics and manuscripts.