Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. and doesn’t discriminate by race, age, skin type or where you live. Anyone can develop skin cancer. It is most common in areas that are chronically exposed to sunlight like the face, neck, hands and arms, but it can arise anywhere on the body.
- Fair skin that freckles easily
- Light-colored hair and eyes
- Large number of moles, or moles of unusual size or shape
- Family history of skin cancer
- Personal history of blistering sunburns
- Excessive sun exposure
- History of tanning bed use
Protect your skin from the sun by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and protective clothing. If possible, avoid being outside between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest, and seek shade. While mild amounts of sun exposure (15 minutes/day or less) can be beneficial to your mood and help your body with vitamin D production, any longer exposure to direct sunlight is harmful to the skin.
Be aware of your skin and if you notice any changes, contact your physician or a dermatologist right away. Early detection of skin cancer significantly increases successful treatment and survival.
Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer may include:
- A changing lesion of the skin, including changes in size, color, shape, or sensation including bleeding, itching, tenderness, or pain
- A lesion that appears or feels different than the rest of your skin
- Scaling, roughness, oozing, bleeding, or a change in the way an area of skin looks
- A persistent sore or pimple-like lesion that doesn’t heal within one month
- A dark freckle or mole
To address the growing epidemic of skin cancer in the Kansas City area, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health has established the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Specialty Clinic, located at Sarah Cannon at Menorah Medical Center. This multispecialty clinic provides comprehensive, expert care for patients with skin cancer, from the time of the initial dermatologic assessment, to histological diagnosis, and ultimately, definitive treatment of the cancer. The Melanoma and Skin Cancer Specialty Clinic also provides access to national clinical research trials for patients with advanced forms of skin cancer. Our team of experts includes national leaders in multiple specialties, including an American College of Mohs Surgery fellowship-trained Mohs and Reconstructive Surgeon who is also Board-Certified in Dermatopathology, as well as experts in Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Genetic Counseling, and Anatomic Pathology.
Types of Skin Cancer Treated
- Adnexal (sweat gland and hair-derived) Carcinoma
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Cutaneous Lymphoma
- Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP)
- Kaposi Sarcoma
- Lentigo Maligna/Melanoma in situ
- Malignant Melanoma
- Merkel Cell Carcinoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Our multidisciplinary team offers expertise in the following areas:
- Advanced Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery (including skin flaps and grafts)
- Mohs Micrographic Surgery
- Radiation Therapy
- Scar Revision
- Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsies and Completion Lymphadenectomies
- Skin Cancer Excision
- Targeted Biochemotherapy
To Find a Physician, call (816) 751-3000, or visit our physician directory.