• Skin Cancer

  • Skin cancer — the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often develops on skin exposed to the sun but can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. There are three major types of skin cancer — basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

    Learn more about skin cancer.Skin cancer treatment at Penrose Cancer Center in Colorado Springs

    Treatment options include:

    • Surgery
    • Radiation therapy
    • Chemotherapy
    • Or a combination of treatments

    The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact type of cancer, size, depth, location and the stage of the cancer, and the person's age and general health.

    Our Team:
    The following physicians are part of the Penrose Cancer Center Physician Member program and practice in specialties involved with skin cancer. This also includes our expert team of radiologists and pathologists.

    • Radiation Oncology
      • Alan Monroe, MD
      • Anuj Peddada, MD
      • Andrew Tanner, MD

    Think you may have skin cancer? Learn the ABCDEs of melanoma:

    A - Asymmetry
    If you draw a line through this mole, the halves
    will not match
    B- Borders
    The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven.
    The edges, like this mole, may be scalloped or notched.
    C- Color
    Having a variety of colors is another warning signal.
    A number of different shades of brown, tan or black
    could appear. A melanoma may also become red,
    blue or some other color.

    D- Diameter
    Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the
    size of the eraser on your pencil (1/4 inch or 6 mm),
    but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.

    E- Evolving
    Any change - in size, shape, color, elevation, or
    another trait, or any new symptom such as
    bleeding, itching or crusting - points to danger.
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