Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. The best defense against any type of skin cancer is finding and treating it early. Our multidisciplinary team of skin cancer experts at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center treat all types of skin cancer, including melanoma. Our dedicated staff works closely with patients to deliver some of the most advanced treatment and care options, tailored to patients’ specific needs.
Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells and most often occurs on sun exposed skin. There are several different types of skin cancer, including basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. Of the three, melanoma is more likely to invade healthy tissue and quickly spread to other parts of the body if the cancer isn’t found and treated early.
Both men and women are at risk for developing skin cancer. Skin cancer is more likely to affect people with lighter skin, but it can still occur in people with darker skin as well. Chronic exposure to the sun and tanning bed use are major risk factors for developing skin cancer regardless of skin type.
Our multidisciplinary team of experts work together to ensure you receive advanced treatments and care. Our skin cancer team includes experienced dermatologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, as well as other health care professionals and support staff.
Most skin cancer is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light – either from the sun or artificial sources such as tanning beds. Other risk factors for skin cancer can include age, genetics, family history, climate/geography, exposure to certain chemicals and previous skin injuries.
The most common signs of skin cancer include physical changes to the skin, such as spots, lumps or non-healing sores. Any new spot or any spot that is changing should be evaluated.
Screening for skin cancer includes an annual physical exam looking for any changes to or abnormalities on the skin.
Our multidisciplinary team of experts works together to ensure you receive comprehensive care utilizing some of the most advanced treatments. Depending on the stage of your skin cancer, treatment options can range from simple non-surgical procedures to more invasive surgical treatments to the most up to date medical treatment for metastatic disease – or cancer that has spread to distant sites