Skin Cancer Care at Blount Memorial
Learn about screenings, diagnostics, treatment and resources
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and can be deadly if left untreated. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and is responsible for most skin cancer deaths. In the United States, the number of new cases of melanoma has more than doubled in the past 20 years. Melanoma can develop in otherwise normal skin or in an existing mole that turns malignant. Although melanoma can occur anywhere on the body, it appears most often on the upper back or face.
Screening Guidelines: Most skin cancers are curable if detected early. Warning signs of melanoma include:
- a large brownish spot with darker speckles
- a simple mole that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds
- a small lesion with an irregular border and red, white, blue or blue-black spots
- shiny, firm, dome-shaped bumps
- dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips and toes, or on mucous membranes lining your mouth, nose, vagina and anus
Not all skin changes are cancerous. Scheduling an annual skin cancer screening with a dermatologist is the easiest and most effective way to monitor changes in your skin.
Blount Memorial Skin Cancer Resources
- Free Skin Cancer Screenings: During May's observance of National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, the Blount Memorial Cancer Center typically offers a free skin cancer screening day.
- Suncreen Safari: This fun and educational sun-safety program for preschool and early-elementary children emphasizes the importance of skin safety. To schedule a free Sunscreen Safari session for your class or to request information to provide to your child's daycare or school, call 865-977-5534.
Blount Memorial Skin Cancer Specialists