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What does nail melanoma look like? Skin cancer can hide as line on nail

What does nail melanoma look like? Skin cancer can hide as line on nail

Karolina Jasko has a family history of melanoma, so she’s no stranger to paying attention to her skin. Her mother — who battled the deadliest form of skin cancer twice and recovered — has always been vigilant about checking Jasko’s moles for any changes.

But melanoma was still able to sneak up on Jasko in a spot neither she nor her mom suspected: one of Jasko’s nails.

Experts like Dr. Vishal Patel, assistant professor of dermatology at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., worry such cases may be on the rise with the popularity of gel manicures that require the polish to be hardened under ultraviolet light.

“It’s like tanning beds for your hands,” Patel, who is also the director of the cutaneous oncology program at the GW Cancer Center, told TODAY. He was not involved in Jasko’s case, but commented in general.

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

Global Platform Shares How Coronavirus Affects Pediatric Cancer Treatment

A group of 24 clinicians from 14 countries gathered at the beginning of March for an annual St. Jude Global course on infection care and prevention, adjusting their final two days to focus on the novel coronavirus, which had been bubbling up since December.

As they shared best practices and examined the latest information on the virus’ impact on their young patients, an idea formed to provide a platform that would educate and connect health care providers around the world to share how the COVID-19 disease affects the treatment of children with cancer.

Thus, the Global COVID-19 Observatory and Resource Center for Childhood Cancer was created as a global pediatric cancer and COVID-19 registry, resource and collaboration space. So far, close to 300 providers from multiple countries, including Italy, Spain and China, have connected to the platform since its launch mid-April, Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, director of St. Jude Global, tells

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Sandra Lee Opens Up About Weight Gain After Breast Cancer Recovery

Sandra Lee Opens Up About Weight Gain After Breast Cancer Recovery

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  • Sandra Lee, 53, opened up about weight loss following her breast cancer diagnosis.
  • The Food Network star and celebrity chef said she was “so stressed” after having a double mastectomy.
  • Lee intentionally gained weight once she recovered and feels better than ever.

    In a new interview with Today, Sandra Lee is opening up about recovering from breast cancer. The celebrity chef, who was diagnosed in 2015, explained that the stress of the disease, as well as undergoing a double mastectomy, caused her to lose a significant amount of weight.

    Following her recovery, the Food Network star said she had to intentionally gain the pounds back. “I actually worked at it with my doctor as I was borderline underweight. I was so stressed after the double mastectomy that I was underweight,” she said.

    In 2015, Lee spoke with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts about the

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    COVID-19 Impacts Cancer Patients' Treatment, Mental Health (VIDEO)

    COVID-19 Impacts Cancer Patients’ Treatment, Mental Health (VIDEO)

    Cancer patients have seen changes to their treatment plans as COVID-19 strains the health care system and forces social distancing.

    “It’s been the first thing that’s really, really scared me in a long time,” Kelly Mellott, a breast cancer survivor, told Newsy.

    Cancer patients and survivors are feeling the physical and emotional impacts of COVID-19. An American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network survey found half of cancer patients and survivors faced changes, delays or disruptions to their medical care. 

    “Are scans necessary? They are, because that’s what’s going to show me if the cancer is shrinking and it’s spreading. Right now, they just have to go by the blood work that I’m having,” Audrey Graves, a bone cancer patient said.

    Since the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended hospitals cancel nonessential procedures a month ago, Dana Henry, a stage 3 breast cancer patient, has seen a few changes. 

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    Coronavirus: Cancer survivor lost job and meds, waiting stimulus check

    Coronavirus: Cancer survivor lost job and meds, waiting stimulus check

    • A 37-year-old, two-time cancer survivor who lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic says he can no longer afford the medicine he needs to stay alive, and is rationing what he has left.
    • Michael Shawki was laid off from a New York City bakery chain in March, and told CNN he can’t get through to the unemployment office despite calling it “75 times a day.”
    • He is also waiting to receive a stimulus check from the government to pay for his medication, saying that it’s “life or death” for many people.
    • He has set up a GoFundMe crowdfunder while waiting for his stimulus check to arrive, where he has raised more than $12,000 and urged people to help others trying to afford medication.
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    A two-time cancer survivor who lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic says he has run out of the medicine

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    A uninsured cancer patient who tested positive for COVID-19 was billed $34,927.43

    A uninsured cancer patient who tested positive for COVID-19 was billed $34,927.43

    Raeanne Castillo, center, with Roper St. Francis Healthcare holds specimen collection kits at the hospital's North Charleston office Monday, March 16, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. Roper St. Francis Healthcare is providing drive-through specimen collecting for patients suspected of having COVID-19 or flu who have already been screened by a Virtual Care provider.
    Raeanne Castillo, center, with Roper St. Francis Healthcare holds specimen collection kits at the hospital’s North Charleston office Monday, March 16, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. Roper St. Francis Healthcare is providing drive-through specimen collecting for patients suspected of having COVID-19 or flu who have already been screened by a Virtual Care provider.

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    • Danni Askini tested positive for coronavirus after three trips to the ER and was billed nearly $35,000 for her tests and treatment.

    • Now recovered, Askini has applied for Medicaid and is hoping the program will retroactively cover her bills.

    • The US government has since passed a law that makes coronavirus testing free, but treatment can still be expensive.

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    In February, Danni Askini started feeling chest pain, shortness of breath, and a migraine. She’d been undergoing treatment for lymphoma, so she called her oncologist to talk about her new

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