One out of seven people in the U.S. will develop some form of skin cancer, and just one serious sunburn can increase your risk by as much as 50 percent. Our team treats skin cancer patients with an aggressive, multidisciplinary approach using the most advanced diagnostic, surgical and treatment options available.
Screening and Diagnosis
Because skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, regular screening is important no matter what your skin color or race. Early detection and proper treatment before skin cancer spreads can greatly increase the cure rate for a skin cancer diagnosis. Full-body skin cancer screenings should be conducted every year and are a free service through the American Academy of Dermatology. Your doctor will visually inspect your skin to determine whether any areas are likely to be cancerous; further testing may be needed to confirm a skin cancer diagnosis, including removing a sample of skin for testing (called a skin biopsy).
Treating Skin Cancer
Swedish Medical Center coordinates care for melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as other skin-related issues. We are also one of only two places patients can receive IL-2, an effective treatment for a variety of malignancies, including renal cell carcinoma and melanoma. Due to its immune-modulating and antitumor properties, IL-2 is proven to be one of the most effective treatments for metastatic renal cell carcinoma and melanoma to date.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Swedish Medical Center also has experience and expertise using Mohs micrographic surgery (Mohs) to treat basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. This advanced procedure offers patients the highest potential for recovery. Mohs is the most exact and precise method of skin tumor removal that minimizes the chance of regrowth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement. Only highly skilled dermatologists with special training can perform this procedure, and Swedish is fortunate to have three Mohs surgeons on staff. Learn more about Mohs surgery at Swedish.
Take Steps to Protect Your Skin
Feel free to call us at 866-779-3347 for more skin cancer care information, or to schedule an appointment.