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Skin Cancer

Treating skin cancer

Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma

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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. About one million people develop skin cancer each year. If you’re diagnosed with skin cancer, Fairview offers you the comprehensive screening, diagnosis and treatment you need. In addition, Fairview offers Mohs surgery—a highly specialized treatment for aggressive skin cancers.

What are the types of skin cancer?
Skin cancers are named for the type of cells that become cancerous.
 
  • The two most common types of skin cancer are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer, which usually form on the head, face, neck, hands and arms. 
  • The third type of skin cancer—and the most serious form—is melanoma, which can occur on any skin surface. 

How is skin cancer treated?
Finding and treating melanoma skin cancer early is important and may help reduce the risk of death from the disease. There are three basic types of cancer treatments, with many different variations within each.

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy


If you're diagnosed with skin cancer, the type of treatment your doctor prescribes will depend on the following factors:

  • Type of cancer
  • Size and location
  • Stage of development
  • Your overall health


When should you call your doctor?
Not all changes in the skin are a sign of cancer, but you should consult with your doctor if you see any of the following changes in your skin:

  • A sore that doesn't heal
  • A rough, red, pink or brown, raised, scaly patch on the skin
  • A small, raised, smooth, shiny and waxy patch of skin
  • Skin that's scaly, bleeding or crusty
  • Skin that looks similar to a scar and is firm
  • Cracking or peeling of the lower lip that doesn't improve with lip balm

For more information
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 612-672-7272.

Skin cancer care team

Dermatology

Hematology/Oncology

Oncology

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Radiation Oncology

Surgery

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.
 
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