Melanoma and Skin Cancers

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Melanoma is on the rise in the United States. One in approximately 34 Americans will eventually develop it — up dramatically from an estimated 1 in 1,000 at the turn of the 20th century. 

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To address the increasing need for specialty care of melanoma, UC San Diego Health Dermatologists have teamed with our cancer experts to offer comprehensive care for all patients at risk for this disease. When melanomas are detected early, most can be cured by simple surgery. Some patients, however, have a high risk for recurrence or spread of melanoma and require an integrated care plan. Our team of specialists in dermatology, dermatopathology, medical oncology and surgical oncology work together to provide you with a personalized treatment plan.


  • Detailed evaluation and follow-up of individuals who have multiple moles, a suspicion of melanoma, or who are at high risk for melanoma.
  • Risk factor education, genetic counseling, and nutritional education
  • State-of-the-art therapies for each disease stage
  • Opportunity to participate in research programs and clinical trials

Melanoma is a difficult disease with inadequate therapies in the advanced stages. Our cancer services are designed to integrate patient care and research expertise. Our on-site research laboratories allow our physicians to bring their clinical questions to the lab, which can lead to the design of new treatments. This communication between physicians and scientists underlies our strength in developing innovative treatments that hold true hope for patients.

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We now use genetic testing to analyze tumors and tailor cancer treatments to individual patients.

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