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New Device in Development That Detects Skin Cancers

Posted: December 4, 2009

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According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed yearly in the United States. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for about 8,650 of the 11,590 deaths due to skin cancer in 2009.

Israel has also seen a rise in skin cancer cases in recent years. According to the Health Ministry, one of every 39 men and one of every 50 women in Israel will be affected with melanoma in their lifetime.

Professor Abdulhalim is supervising this research with two students, including PhD candidate Ofir Aharon and M.Sc student Avner Safrani, and is collaborating with BGU Professor Lior Rosenberg and Dr. Ofer Arnon from the department of plastic surgery at Soroka University Medical Center.

Story source: Adapted from materials provided by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS., November 24, 2009