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June 2011

8 Walks Completed!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

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Int'l Melanoma Working Group (IMWG) Research Update

At the April IMWG Meeting, melanoma experts from the United States, Australia, and eight European countries continued their work on the IMWG Brain Metastases Tissue Bank and Clinical Trial.

It was announced that the IMWG Brain Metastases Tissue Bank protocol had been completed and approved, and that the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute has begun banking samples of brain metastases from patients with operable brain metastases. Three other institutions are scheduled to begin banking samples this year. Through the investigation of brain metastases tissues, the IMWG seeks to learn more about the resistance mechanisms that make melanoma brain metastases so deadly. Tailoring approaches to overcome resistance mechanisms is a clinical trial design consideration.

It was also announced that the IMWG Brain Metastases Clinical Trial would be launched soon. This trial will study patients with brain metastases who receive the agent GSK2118436 both pre-operatively and post-operatively. This drug, which targets the V600E BRAF mutation, and is present in more than half of all melanomas, was shown to shrink melanoma brain metastases in a preliminary study.

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Strides Made in Indoor Tanning Legislation

During the 2011 legislative session, more bills than ever were introduced to ban minors under 18 years of age from using indoor tanning beds - 38 bills were introduced in 22 states (click here for specifics by state).


The Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) vigorously opposed these bills.  Despite their opposition, we have seen some big wins.


In California, a bill banning minors under 18 years of age from using indoor tanning beds, passed through the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, and the Senate Appropriation Committee.  Now, it will go to the full Senate.  (The same bill did not pass in 2007.)


In Illinois, the same bill as above passed the Senate Public Health Committee.  We hope to have more hearings on this bill in the Fall.

In Rhode Island, a similar bill has received an enormous amount of support.  The bill passed the Senate and is making its way through the Assembly.


Major television stations like ABC, Good Morning America, and CNN have aired stories on the dangers of indoor tanning.


AIM thanks Lisa Andrews, Annie Crockford, Renee Folk, Erin O'Connor, Donna Regen, Skin of Steele, Katie Stegle, and Sharon Swanger for their support!


Read what Melanoma Survivor Lisa Andrews has to say about supporting indoor tanning legislation.


To learn how you can get involved, please contact Samantha at sguild@AIMatMelanoma.org.

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