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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. It is estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime.

Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Penn dermatologists diagnose and treat all forms of skin cancer, including:

  • Precancerous lesions called actinic keratosis
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma

Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

Anyone can develop skin cancer. Risk factors for skin cancer include:

  • Excessive exposure to the sun, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, tanning beds and tanning booths
  • Fair complexion
  • Family history
  • Multiple or unusual moles
  • Occupational exposures

Whole Body Photography

Whole body photography documents the skin through a series of photographs taken every five to seven years.

A medical photographer at Penn Dermatology conducts baseline studies of all patients seen in the melanoma and pigmented lesion clinic to document and establish mole patterns and changes over time.

Whole body photography is also available to patients who do not have a melanoma diagnosis, but want full body photography for skin cancer preventive measures.

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Treatments and Procedures

Penn Dermatology provides comprehensive support for patients which includes: detecting, diagnosing, treating, and preventing skin cancer.

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