FDA okays new drug for melanoma treatment

September 6, 2014 3:55 PM

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FDA okays new drug for melanoma treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Keytruda to treat patients suffering from advanced stages of melanoma, and who are not responding to other medications.

Melanoma is considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer, yet only accounts for less than two percent of all skin cancer cases. Approximately 76,100 new melanomas will be diagnosed by the end of 2014, resulting in approximately 9,710 deaths.

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