Skin Cancer

Between 40 percent and 50 percent of Americans will have skin cancer at least once in their lifetime. If not treated, it can be life threatening. But when detected and treated early, skin cancer can usually be cured.

Though skin cancer can occur on almost any area of the body, it is found most often on skin that has been overexposed to the sun. And it can take many forms. There are three major types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Malignant melanomas are the most serious type of skin cancer, and are the most likely to spread to other areas of the body. One possible symptom is a flat, scaly red patch. Another sign is a mole that grows larger, or changes in skin color or texture. But other forms of skin cancer can grow underneath the skin without symptoms.

Let Mercy assess your spots to see if they are benign or malignant.

If you are concerned by changes to a mole, skin lesion or wound, show it to your doctor or health care provider. He or she will check your skin and may ask you to see a specialist to have the mole or bump removed.

Mercy specialists are trained to diagnose and treat all forms of skin cancer. In addition to surgery, they are experts in using effective skin cancer treatment techniques such as photodynamic therapy, radiation and chemotherapy.

Working as a team, our specialists coordinate your care with other Mercy professionals to ensure that you get the best possible care. Our goal is to make certain that your skin cancer doesn’t return, so you can say goodbye to cancer for good.
 

Providers Nearby

Faith Fuller, FNP, Hematology, Oncology, Mercy
Hematology
Oncology
Mercy Clinic
71.4 miles
Charles H. Morgan, MD, Oncology, Hematology, Mercy
Oncology
Hematology
66.7 miles
Andrea L. Garrett, MD, Dermatology, Mercy
68.8 miles
Sarah Alison Finger Basak, MD, Dermatology, Mercy
68.8 miles

Locations Nearby

Mercy Cancer Center - Jefferson

  • 1420 Highway 61 South
    Festus, MO 63028
  • (636) 931-3655
  • Hours of Operations:
    Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
96.9 Miles

Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology - Jefferson

  • 1420 Highway 61 South
    Festus, MO 63028
  • (636) 931-3655
  • Hours of Operations:
    Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
96.9 Miles

Mercy Clinic Oncology - Sullivan

  • 1326 S. Service Road West
    Sullivan, MO 63080
  • (636) 390-1600
  • Hours of Operations:
    By appointment only. Please call to schedule.
106.5 Miles

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