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Skin cancer prevention begins in childhood and your risk is often based on the ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure you had in your lifetime. Although skin cancer is most commonly found in individuals with fair skin, individuals with medium to dark skin are still at risk. Skin cancers for individuals with medium to dark skin are often not detected as early because of the misconception that they are not at risk. 

Our team of experts carefully monitors potential skin cancers through skin exams and skin checks. We prioritize early detection and offer a wide variety of skin cancer treatments. 

Why Choose Us for Skin Cancer Care

  • Multidisciplinary Team. At Loma Linda University Cancer Center, your skin cancer team consists of dermatologists, oncologists, pathologists, nurses and nurse navigators who guide you through every step of your treatment plan.
  • Customized Treatment Plan. You’ll receive a customized treatment plan based on your unique case and priorities.
  • Specialized care. Our fellowship-trained physicians offer the most advanced treatment options available for skin cancer. 

Conditions We Treat

We treat all types of skin cancers. The most well-known skin cancers are:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma — the most common type of skin cancers resembles scars, pimples or irritated patches of skin that don’t heal.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma — the second most common type of skin cancer is characterized by scars, skin sores or other skin injuries that don’t seem to heal in areas that have been exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
  • Melanoma — the most dangerous type of skin cancer usually looks like a new, abnormal growth or a change of an existing mole.

What to Expect

Your First Visit

We recommend a head-to-toe skin check during your first visit. This is important because, aside from genetic factors, people can still develop skin cancers in areas that may not have had much sun exposure. We also provide counseling on sunscreen usage and other ways to mitigate skin cancer risk.

If there are any spots of concern, our team will perform a biopsy—we take a small sample from the area of concern to be examined by our pathology team for diagnosis.

Treatment

The majority of skin cancers, fortunately, are detected early and treatment usually consists of a simple procedure that takes just a few minutes. 

For skin cancers on the head and neck area, we perform a skin sparing technique called Mohs Surgery. Our physicians are fellowship trained in Mohs Surgery to provide you the best aesthetic outcome.

For more advanced cases, our team of experts will develop a unique treatment plan for your needs. We also work with immunosuppressed patients to reduce their risk of infection and other related issues. 

Follow-up Care

We will develop a follow-up treatment plan that consists of regular skin checks as well as recommendations to ensure the prevention, early detection and treatment of any future skin cancers.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to schedule a head-to-toe skin check, please call 909-558-2890.