Our team specializes in treating
melanoma, a type of skin cancer in which cancer cells are found in the melanocytes, the cells that produce color (pigment) in the skin. Melanoma may also be called cutaneous melanoma or malignant melanoma. Melanoma is the rarest, but most virulent, form of skin cancer.
Melanoma is a more serious type of cancer than the more common
basal cell cancer or
squamous cell cancer. Other types of skin cancer include
merkel cell cancer,
cutaneous cell carcinoma and
Proper sun protection can help prevent skin cancer. Wear clothing that covers the body and apply
sunscreen during outdoor activities such as playing sports or spending time at the pool. Learn more about preventing melanoma and sarcoma.
Skin cancer care at the UK Markey Cancer Center
Request an appointment online or call 859-257-4488 or toll free 866-340-4488.
This is a clinic of the University of Kentucky Hospital, also known as UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital.
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Markey Cancer Center |
First Floor -
800 Rose St.
Lexington KY 40536
Melanoma risk factors
Persons with the following characteristics may be at an increased risk for melanoma:
- blond or red hair
- blue eyes
- fair complexion
- family history of melanoma
- a changed or changing mole
- many ordinary moles (more than 50)
- many freckles
- an immunosuppressive disorder
- dysplastic nevi (atypical moles)
- sun exposure
- inability to tan
Dark brown or black skin is not a guarantee against melanoma. African-Americans can develop this cancer, especially on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, under nails or in the mouth.