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 experts at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center treat all types of skin cancer and work closely with patients to deliver the best treatment and care options at every step.
Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells. This occurs most often on skin that has been exposed to the sun. There are several different types of skin cancer.
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 is a major risk factor for developing skin cancer regardless of skin type.
At Banner MD Anderson, we recognize that no two skin cancers are alike. Therefore, our multidisciplinary team of experts works together to create the best treatment plans possible to meet the needs of every individual affected by skin cancer. The team may include a dermatologist, a surgical oncologist, a medical oncologist and other health care professionals.
Most skin cancer is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light – either from the sun or artificial sources such as tanning beds.
The most commons 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 a physical exam looking for any changes to or abnormalities on the skin.
Depending on the stage of your skin cancer, treatment options can range from simple non-surgical procedures to more invasive surgical treatments.