Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, it accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. More than 73,000 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, are expected to be diagnosed in 2015.
Designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, May is National Melanoma Skin Cancer Prevention Month. It aims to raise awareness about skin cancer, the importance of early detection and treatment options if diagnosed. Screening options for skin cancer can include self-examinations or whole body skin examinations. Screening recommendations vary for patients of different ages, so consulting with your doctor on what is appropriate for your individual needs is best.
For patients facing a melanoma diagnosis, Hollings Cancer Center offers several treatment options, including Gamma Knife, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), TomoTherapy and brachytherapy.
MUSC's Jenny Sullivan Sanford Melanoma & Skin Cancer Program is the only program dedicated to advanced melanoma care in South Carolina. It is designated as a Melanoma Center of Excellence (MCE) by the Melanoma Hope Network — one of fewer than 20 programs with this designation in the United States.
Contact us to learn more or schedule a consultation.