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Skin cancer refers to a group of diseases that involve the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It’s the most common type of cancer. The fastest-spreading, and most dangerous, type of skin cancer is melanoma.
Types of skin cancer include:
If you’d like to talk with an expert about symptoms of skin cancer in the Bay Area, Find a Doctor today at Dignity Health. Your doctor can provide a physical exam and refer you to a specialist, if necessary.
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer can vary with each type, but generally include an obvious lump or growth on the skin. Talk with your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any unusual skin changes or changes in an existing mole.
The main causes of skin cancer are exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and tanning beds. Your risk factors for skin cancer increase if you:
Skin cancer prevention starts with wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s rays.
Your treatment for skin cancer depends on the type and location of the disease, as well as your personal preferences. Dignity Health doctors may recommend:
At St. Mary’s Melanoma Center, our cancer center doctors collaborate with the Northern California Melanoma Center to offer specialized care. You can find trusted cancer services at:
Dignity Health Bay Area hospitals offer prevention strategies, testing, diagnostic imaging, and treatment for skin cancer in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.