Skin Cancer

Preventing Skin Cancer

Ultraviolet light exposure, both natural and artificial, is a leading risk factor for skin cancer. Practice sun avoidance, especially during the peak hours of 10 am until 2 pm.

Use of sun protective clothing and hats or applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapplying it every two hours is recommended for extended sun exposure.

Detecting Skin Cancer

Regular monitoring of your skin for new or changing skin spots can help detect potential cancers. There are several types of skin cancer, each with different appearances and behavior.

Treating Skin Cancer

Indiana University Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center has a multidisciplinary skin cancer team that works together to diagnose and treat patients with all types of skin cancers. Team members include: dermatologists, dermatopathologists, Mohs micrographic surgeons, plastic surgeons, oncologic surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists.