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Weill Cornell Cancer Center

Skin Cancer

Skin cancers form the most common group of cancers in the United States. More than 1 million cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers occur each year, most of which are highly curable. Melanoma occurs less frequently, diagnosed in more than 68,000 people in the U.S. each year, but is more serious and, when advanced, can be difficult to treat successfully. Early detection is the key to the successful treatment of melanoma.

At the Weill Cornell Cancer Center, we take a multidisciplinary and compassionate approach to the care of patients with all types and stages of skin cancers. To create a personalized plan of care for each patient, we bring together

  • surgeons
  • medical oncologists
  • dermatopathologists
  • plastic surgeons
  • radiologists
  • oncology nurses
  • psychosocial support specialists
  • other professionals

Team members meet regularly to discuss each patient's care and progress. Patients who require surgery are offered minimally invasive approaches, which aim to remove as much cancerous tissue as possible while minimizing scarring. The Weill Cornell Cancer Center also has special expertise in the monitoring of transplant patients, who have a risk of non-melanoma skin cancer that is up to 100 times greater than that of the general population. And our researchers are conducting investigations to determine how ultraviolet radiation causes skin cancer by inducing specific changes in the immune system.

The team of skin cancer specialists at the Weill Cornell Cancer Center is committed to providing excellent care from the moment a patient comes through our doors. Patients who may need medical care for conditions in addition to cancer have access to the world-renowned roster of physicians of Weill Cornell Medical College.

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