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Skin Cancer

What is skin cancer? It is cancer that develops in the tissues of the skin. Skin cancers are most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds.

How often does it occur? Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It’s estimated that more than 2 million people will be newly diagnosed with skin cancer this year.

Are there different types of skin cancer? Yes, there are three major types:

  • basal cell cancer (cancer of the epidermis or outer layer of skin)
  • squamous cell cancer (cancer of the flat cells on the surface of the skin)
  • melanoma (cancer of the cells that make pigment)

What does University of Minnesota Cancer Care offer? Our skin cancer team provides a comprehensive program in screening, diagnosis, treatment and after-treatment support. You’ll have access to conventional and investigational treatment strategies. Our team includes:

  • general dermatologists
  • dermatologic surgeons
  • dermatopathologists
  • oncologists
  • general, plastic, and head and neck surgeons

In addition to routine surgery to remove cancers, our skin cancer team offers a specialized procedure called Mohs surgery. Performed in an outpatient setting, Mohs surgery is used to treat aggressive cancer and cancer in cosmetically sensitive areas, such as the face. Because the technique requires expert training, specialized office personnel and a team effort, few medical centers in the country are equipped to offer this treatment.

If you are considering University of Minnesota Cancer Care for treatment of skin cancer or want to learn more about our program, view this short video series featuring many of our skin cancer experts.


Doctors and Providers

  • Walsh, William E., MD| Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat), Medical Illustrator