Updated November 13, 2019 07:48:12The latest research into melanoma shows the disease is far more complicated than previously thought.
Key points:The research shows that melanoma can cause different types of damage to the skin that are different from the normal conditionThe research showed that some melanomas have no visible signs and are completely darkThe research found some melanoma lesions have no apparent signs and they have no signs of any pigmentation at allThe latest melanoma research suggests melanoma is not just a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer, but it is also a complex disease that can cause a range of different types and signs.
The research was carried out at the University of Sydney by Dr John Macdonald, Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Research, and his colleagues.
The researchers looked at melanoma in children aged five to 15, with skin cancers being the most common type, followed by melanomas with non-melanoma skin cancers.
They said it was not surprising that the most prevalent forms of melanomas were not benign, but had no visible symptoms and were completely dark.
“Our results show that melanomas in children have no obvious signs of melanosarcoma, and some have lesions that are not seen by the naked eye,” Dr Macdonald said.
“This is a result of a different type of melanocyte-cell receptor (MRCR) that is present in the skin, and not a receptor that has been seen in skin cancer.”
Dr Macdonald’s research has been published in the British Journal of Dermatology.
He said while he did not know exactly how the MRCR works in melanoma, it could be related to a different receptor that exists in other cancers, such as lung and breast cancers.
“We think it’s a different MRCr in melanomas,” he said.
The new research has led to the development of a new drug, an immunotherapy called Ryno, that mimics the MrcR receptor, but has been shown to work much better in adults.
Dr MacDonald said it might not be long before Rynos could be used to treat melanoma.
“The drug will target the MCRR and target the cells that are in the MBC, and will have a much better effect in adults than in children,” he explained.
“There’s a lot of good evidence that it can have a very good outcome in people and we’ve had an enormous amount of clinical trials on it in adults, so we think that’s a really promising thing.”
The research is the result of research carried out by Dr MacDonald and his team.
“What’s really exciting about the melanoma model is the fact that we can actually actually do something that could actually help people to live longer,” he added.
“And what we’ve done with this research is to show that if we’re able to make a drug that can actually help these children live longer and get their normal skin cancer and skin cancer to be less of a problem, then we’ll be able to have an impact on this population and ultimately hopefully the overall cancer burden.”