The number of melanoma cases has been on the rise in recent years, largely because of environmental factors, increased sun exposure and increased use of tanning salons. Some cases of melanoma can be inherited; however, the majority of melanomas are not related to a strong family history.
When melanoma is discovered and diagnosed early, in most cases, it's very treatable with surgery alone. More advanced cases become more difficult to treat.
Penn Medicine surgeons are among the most experienced in treating melanoma, including even the most complex cases. We work in conjunction with dermatologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, vascular surgeons, epidemiologists, and anesthesiologists to help prevent, detect and treat melanoma. Our entire teams meets regularly to discuss each individual patient and form a consensus about more difficult cases. In addition, we take the time to present research, discuss new publications and analyze data so the entire team is always on the forefront of melanoma care.
While we are part of a large health system, we don't treat patients like a number. Each person receives personalized, specialized and compassionate care through all stages of their melanoma treatment.
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