Skin Cancer - Maryland Melanoma Center
An innovative team of nationally known surgical and medical oncologists, researchers, and oncology practitioners will focus on your care at the Maryland Melanoma Center. Treatments at the Maryland Melanoma Center are on the cutting edge of technology and consist of surgery, biotherapy, vaccines, targeted therapy, and innovative clinical trials.
We are one of the few facilities in the country with the technology and expertise for vaccine biotherapy and hyperthermic isolated limb perfusion. The MMC is also home of a basic science laboratory where scientists are researching patient tumors to characterize melanoma in order to develop new treatments.
What is melanoma?
Melanoma is a cancer that starts in the skin, specifically in the cells that produce pigment or color in the deep layers of the skin. Melanoma of the skin is the leading cause of death related to skin cancers. Fortunately, if treated early, melanoma can be cured. While fair-skinned people are more likely to get it, it does occur in people with different skin tones, dark hair and various eye colors.
Melanoma can be found anywhere on the body, including the trunk, arms and legs, head and neck areas and under the nails. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of diagnosed cases are genetic, while 20 percent occur in people with a history of sunburns.
- Stay out of direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the rays are the strongest.
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and lipscreen every day. Reapply every two hours or after swimming.
- Wear clothing that covers your skin, such as a loose, long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
- When outside, wear a canvas hat with a wide brim.
One of the best ways to detect possible melanoma is to know your body and skin. If you have a mole that changes in size, color or shape or one that bleeds, see your doctor. The sooner skin cancer is diagnosed, the less chance it has to spread to other parts of the body.
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Maryland Melanoma Center is located on the second floor of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square, 9103 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 2300, Baltimore, MD 21237.
Call 443-777-7961 for a physician referral.
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Maryland Melanoma Center Eastern Shore is located at 1344 S. Division Street Suite 202 Salisbury, MD 21804