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  1. Basics
  2. Symptoms
  3. Diagnosis
  4. Preventions
  5. Knowledge Center

Our Approach

Valencia Thomas, M.D., shares a lighter moment with one of her patients. Dr. Thomas is one of several board-certified dermatologists who treat skin cancers at MD Anderson's Mohs and Dermasurgery Center.

At MD Anderson's Ben Love/El Paso Corporation Melanoma and Skin Center, your treatment for skin cancer is personalized to provide the most advanced therapies with the least impact on your body.

Our skin cancer program is one of the largest in the nation. This gives us a level of experience and expertise found in few other centers.

Renowned experts work together to customize your care. Beginning with the most accurate diagnosis possible, we offer comprehensive, yet specialized, care for every type of skin cancer.

And we're constantly researching newer, safer, more effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat skin cancer. This translates into a range of clinical trials for patients with skin cancer.

Skin cancer symptoms vary from person to person. They may include a:

  • Change on the skin, such as a new spot or one that changes in size, shape or color
  • Sore that doesn’t heal
  • Spot or sore that changes in sensation, itchiness, tenderness or pain
  • Small, smooth, shiny, pale or waxy lump
  • Firm red lump that may bleed or develops a crust
  • Flat, red spot that is rough, dry or scaly

If you notice one or more of them for more than two weeks, see your doctor.

A biopsy of the suspicious lesion is the only way to find out for sure if you have skin cancer. Your doctor will remove a small amount of tissue from the area. The sample then is looked at under a microscope. This also helps your doctor plan the best treatment for you.

Skin Cancer Screening

Screening tests may be able to find certain types of cancer if a person is at risk but does not have symptoms. Early detection of skin cancer greatly increases the odds of successful treatment. Read more about MD Anderson's skin cancer screening guidelines.

Skin Cancer Risk Factors

Anything that increases your chance of getting skin cancer is a risk factor.

Sun damage is the main risk factor for skin cancer. Artificial sunlight from tanning beds causes the same risk for skin cancer as natural sunlight. There is no such thing as a safe tan.

Other risk factors for skin cancer include

Age: The longer you are exposed to the sun over time, the higher your risk of developing skin cancer. Fair complexion, blond or red hair, freckles, blue eyes and/or a tendency to sunburn Previous skin cancer Living in a sunny climate Working around coal tar, arsenic compounds, creosote, pitch and paraffin oil Previous skin injuries, such as a major scar or burn Actinic keratosis, a precancerous condition of thick, scaly patches of skin Not everyone with risk factors gets skin cancer. However, if you have risk factors, it's a good idea to discuss them with your health care provider.

Contact Us

TATA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Dr. E Borges Road, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012 India
Phone: +91-22- 24177000, 24146750 - 55
Fax: +91-22-24146937
E-mail : msoffice@tmc.gov.in (for patient care and queries) / hrd@tmc.gov.in(for administrative - HRD matters)

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