Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than one million skin cancers diagnosed annually.

The good news is the skilled specialists at Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Texas – are leading the charge in the fight against skin cancer.

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s multidisciplinary Skin Cancer team are experts in screening for, diagnosing, and treating all types of skin cancer – from the most common and straightforward to the rarest and most complex.

Types of Skin Cancer

Skin cancers can include:

Malignant melanomas
The rarest type of skin cancer, malignant melanoma accounts for the highest number of skin cancer-related deaths. It can occur anywhere on the body and isn’t confined to skin that’s exposed to the sun.
Merkel cell carcinomas
A very rare form of skin cancer that typically presents as a single painless lump on sun-exposed skin.
Basal cell carcinomas
The most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma doesn’t typically spread to other parts of the body, but it can grow deeply into the skin and bone.
Squamous cell carcinomas
Often beginning as colored spots on the skin, squamous cell carcinoma can grow quickly and spread to the lymph nodes.
Adnexal tumors such as sebaceous carcinomas
Complex tumors that originate in hair follicles or sweat glands
Complex tumors that usually appear as red, fast-growing, dome-shaped bumps with craters in the middle.

Leading-Edge Therapies, Sensitive Care

The skin cancer specialists at UT Southwestern offer some of the most advanced medical and surgical treatments available for skin cancer.

Unique to UT Southwestern, our surgical oncologists and plastic surgeons can, in many cases, perform skin cancer resection surgery and reconstruction surgery on the same day, allowing patients to have their cancers removed and their bodies restored in one visit.

(Our dermatologists perform minimally invasive procedures such as Mohs surgery, which typically do not necessitate the need for reconstructive surgery.)

Team members are sensitive to the emotional impact that skin cancer can have on patients’ lives, and we strive to minimize any visible reminders of the disease.

Our goal is to restore the overall well-being of every patient we treat.

Clinical Trials

Simmons Cancer Center’s robust clinical trials program allows patients with skin cancer to access new treatments that are unavailable at most other health care facilities years before they are offered to the public,

These clinical trials seek to improve screening for and treatment of skin cancer. Current trials are looking at novel therapies for conditions that include melanoma, sarcoma, and carcinoma.

The opportunity to participate in clinical trials can be particularly beneficial to skin cancer patients who have exhausted their other treatment options.

Our skin cancer specialists can help you determine if you are eligible to participate in a clinical trial related to your condition.

Meet Our Team

Our physicians are leaders in the development and use of the latest treatments for skin cancers. You’ll be cared for by a multidisciplinary team that includes surgical oncologists, dermatologists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists.

Learn more about all of our skin cancer specialists.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a skin cancer specialist, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.