The Skin Cancer Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is uniquely equipped to provide the people of our region with the most advanced treatment options for melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
- Regional Leader: MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is the region’s leading center for the detection, evaluation and treatment of skin cancer. Patients can confidently look to Cooper for the very best in cancer diagnosis and care.
- State-of-the-Art Treatments: The Skin Cancer Center is able to offer patients access to state-of-the-art treatment options, including the latest clinical trials.
- Expert Physicians: MD Anderson Cooper physicians are leaders in cancer research and care. Many of them are among the Delaware Valley’s “Top Docs” in the treatment of melanoma and other types of cancer.
- Access to Latest Developments: Our physicians are respected educators at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. As a result, they are completely familiar with significant, new developments taking place in cancer treatment.
Causes of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer strikes more people worldwide than any other form of cancer. Although more common in fair-skinned people, anyone can develop skin cancer. In the U.S. alone, one million adults will be diagnosed with the disease this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
All the factors involved in the cause of skin cancer are unknown, however, the following play a very important role. It is known that skin cancer occurs much more frequently in blonde, red-headed, blue-eyed individuals. The lowest incidence of skin cancer occurs in individuals with black skin, while the highest incidence of skin cancer occurs in those with almost no pigmentation. Heredity does seem to play a part. We see more skin cancers in certain families, despite their skin color, than in others.
The most important single cause of skin cancer is sun exposure. Wherever the sun is most intense, we find the highest incidence of skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Prevention
To prevent skin cancer (or if you have skin cancer), it is important to protect yourself as much as possible from the sun. This may be done in several ways. A sun screen should be applied every morning, 365 days a year. For most cases, one application will suffice to last the entire day. This is for average everyday living. However, with excessive exposure to the sun, as occurs while playing tennis, golf, fishing, you must reapply the sun protective agent. At these times, it is also important to wear a large hat and protect your arms, chest, and back with clothing. Swimming is fine, however, it must be remembered that the sun screening agents will wash off with water and need to be reapplied. With heavy exercise, perspiration will have the same effect. You should not restrict your activities to the degree that it would interfere with your life style. Continue enjoying the sun, however, protect yourself as much as possible. Sunbathing is prohibited.
To make an appointment with an MD Anderson Cooper skin cancer specialist, please call 855.MDA.COOPER (855.632.2667).