Skin Cancer

Maybe it's a growth on your skin or a sore that just wouldn't heal. Whatever the change in your skin, you have decided to get an expert opinion.

If you're concerned that you may have skin cancer, the University of Chicago Medicine can help. There are several different types of skin cancer, and our physicians are experts in knowing how to diagnose and treat them. Often, the key to a cure is early detection. University of Chicago dermatologists offer the latest diagnostic tools to identify melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers.

Many types of skin cancer can be cured with surgery, but some types require a more comprehensive approach. That's especially true for melanoma, the most serious kind of skin cancer. At the University of Chicago, we offer advanced treatments for melanoma, based on years of intensive research and our doctors' own clinical experience at the bedside. Survival rates for patients with melanoma treated at the University of Chicago Medicine are significantly higher than the national average.

We are also experts at treating nonmelanoma skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma). We offer several surgical techniques for removal of these tumors, including Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS). This precise procedure, commonly used to remove skin cancer on the face, head and neck areas, offers the highest possible cure rate for these common skin cancers while preserving the greatest amount of healthy tissue.

When facing skin cancer, patients need education as well as responsive care. Our skilled and attentive specialists also can offer this kind of assistance. This includes helping patients understand the biology of the disease, the therapy they will receive, and how to manage any side effects they may experience.