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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is very common. Millions of people get diagnosed every year. Many people get a mole removed and that's it. But some types of skin cancer can spread and kill. Everyone is vulnerable.

At UVA, we take your risk seriously. We apply our expertise to your individual situation. Our response to any sign of trouble is rapid and thorough. We're here to help you avoid cancer in the first place.

The Sun & Skin Cancer

A little sun is good for you. Sunlight triggers your body to make vitamin D. This nutrient keeps your bones strong. 

You only need a few minutes of sun a day to make vitamin D. Too much sun exposes you to ultraviolet or UV rays. These rays cause most skin cancers. 

Learn more about how to prevent skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Treatment: Spotlight on Mohs Surgery

Mohs surgery treats basal cell and squamous cell cancers. We remove the cancer, layer by layer. After taking off each layer of skin, we look at it under the microscope. This allows us to see the exact location of the cancer cells. This means we can save as much healthy tissue as possible.

Although this procedure happens in stages, it takes place during one visit. Find out more about Mohs surgery.

    Skin Cancer and Patient Care at UVA

    Dermatologist Barbara Wilson, MD, a faculty member since 1987, shares her patient care philosophy. She treats patients with many types of rashes and growths, including skin cancers. View Dr. Wilson's transcript.

    Conditions We Treat

    • Actinic keratosis, sun-damaged skin where cancer can start
    • Atypical nevus, irregular moles that can turn into cancer
    • Basal cell carcinoma
    • T-cell lymphoma that attacks the skin
    • Kaposi’s sarcoma, cancer in the lining of blood vessels and lymph nodes that causes purple spots on skin
    • Melanoma

     

    Clinical Trials for Melanoma

    We lead the world in the development of new treatments or melanoma. We're working on ways to cure melanoma and keep it from coming back. Our research focuses on how the body’s immune system can kill cancer.

    If you qualify, you can take part in these studies. You'll get access to the latest therapies. 

    See our open clinical trials for melanoma.

    Visitor Guidelines

    Clinics & COVID-19 Patients: No Visitors 

    For adult clinic appointments or those in the hospital with COVID-19:

    • No one can come with you into clinic buildings
    • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions 

    In Hospital, ED, & Procedures: 1 Visitor

    For adults in the hospital, emergency department, or having medical procedures:

    • Only 1 visitor allowed at a time
    • Two visitors can be designated
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions

    Virtual Options: Connect From a Distance

    When you can't visit in person, you can still:

    Visitor Guidelines

    Clinics & COVID-19 Patients: No Visitors 

    For adult clinic appointments or those in the hospital with COVID-19:

    • No one can come with you into clinic buildings
    • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions 

    In Hospital, ED, & Procedures: 1 Visitor

    For adults in the hospital, emergency department, or having medical procedures:

    • Only 1 visitor allowed at a time
    • Two visitors can be designated
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions

    Virtual Options: Connect From a Distance

    When you can't visit in person, you can still: