About skin cancer
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about one in five Americans gets skin cancer. But there is cause for hope. Skin cancer is 95 percent curable when diagnosed and treated early. Cancer screening on a regular basis can help find it in time.
We also know that too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays damages DNA in the skin. Protection from the sun lowers your risk.
There are three main types of skin cancer—basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Ten percent of all melanomas, the most lethal form of the disease, are inherited. Genetic testing can help you determine your risk level.
Harrison’s skin cancer treatments
At Harrison, we know that cancer presents many challenges for patients and their families. We’re here to support you all the way. You also have access to the most advanced treatments available today.
Treatment depends on the type, location, and extent of the skin cancer. Surgery is common, but your doctor might recommend chemotherapy and radiation too. Harrison surgical procedures include:
The latest diagnostic technology
We understand that a cancer diagnosis is stressful. Harrison offers you advanced, precise diagnostic tests to ensure reliable results.
A biopsy provides 100 percent certainty of skin cancer diagnosis. Fortunately, it’s usually a fast and easy test performed in your dermatologist’s office. The type you have depends on your individual needs.
Expert cancer care team
Harrison’s dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and staging skin cancer. Staging describes how far the disease has spread.
You have access to a multidisciplinary team at Harrison. Highly skilled professionals from many specialties provide coordinated, individualized care. We make it as smooth as possible. We work together to help you beat cancer.
Harrison’s credentialed and trained providers include board-certified doctors and surgeons.
Christina Hardaway, MD: Skin Cancer
Protection & Prevention
Thomas Meeks, DO: Skin Cancer