Melanoma represents a small percentage of all skin cancers, but is responsible for the majority of skin cancer-related deaths. It is the most common cancer among 25-29 year olds and its incidence is increasing, particularly among certain subgroups of patients with skin of color. Melanomas are usually found on chronically sun-exposed areas, but it is important to know that they can occur anywhere, particularly on the hands and feet of patients. Early detection is very important as those with thinner melanomas fare much better than those with advanced melanoma.
There are different types of melanoma. These are some types to consider:
- Superficial spreading melanoma: Found most commonly on the trunk in men and on the legs in women.
- Nodular melanoma: Found on the legs and trunk. This subtype can grow rapidly and is responsible for most of the thicker melanomas.
- Lentigo maligna melanoma: Commonly on the head, neck and arms on chronically sun damaged skin.
- Acral lentiginous melanoma: Can be discovered on the palms, soles and nails. It is more common in African, Hispanic and Asian descent.
- Amelanotic melanoma: An unusual variant. It is often not pigmented and may manifest as an ulcerated nodule. As these are not pigmented, these can be difficult to identify.
Why choose the Cancer Therapy & Research Center for melanoma?
The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) is a premiere cancer research and treatment facility and the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center in Central and South Texas. Our doctors provide extraordinary care for patients with skin cancer that includes:
Clinical trials at the CTRC
Clinical trials are an important part of the work we do at the CTRC. Clinical trials are available for all patients, whether they are newly diagnosed or if they have already gone through other treatments. Because our cancer center is the only one in South Texas designated by the National Cancer Institute, we’re the only center that can say we offer care delivered by teams specializing in all phases of clinical trials.
Make an appointment
To request an appointment with our team or to make a referral to one of our physicians, please call the CTRC main number: (210) 450-1000 or 800-340-2872 or email CTRCReferral@uthscsa.edu.