Donate to Skin Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education

More adults are diagnosed with skin cancer than any other form of cancer.  Skin cancer results when abnormal cells grow in the layers of the skin. Nearly 50 percent of adults will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime. Two of the three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Both of these types of cancer are curable. However, melanoma skin cancer is aggressive and can spread throughout the body, at which point it can become untreatable.

Northwestern Medicine is at the forefront of education and research aimed at preventing and treating skin cancer. With the support of your generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, scientists and physicians at Northwestern Medicine will continue to develop and utilize the most effective methods of diagnosing and treating skin cancer.

Our team of specialists has developed Project Skin Watch to educate the public on the importance of skin checks for early cancer detection. When caught early on, nearly all types of skin cancer are curable. In addition to performing regular skin checks, every person must be aware of the damaging effects of excessive sun exposure and tanning beds. Changing this perception, and saving lives as a result, can only be accomplished through educational programs, which your generosity will help to support at Northwestern Medicine.

Any change in the color, size, dimension or edges of moles should be examined by a specialist. Basal cell carcinoma can present as small shiny bumps or as flat spots that are pale, pink or red. Any moles that bleed or have raised edges might be basal cell carcinoma.  Squamous cell carcinoma is a small, scaly bump with red patches or wart-like growths that bleed or become crusty. 

If a person is diagnosed with skin cancer, the highly trained specialists at Northwestern Medicine–including dermatologists and oncologists–can recommend various treatment options. Depending on the person’s specific case, treatment approaches might available include:

  • Cryosurgery, which uses cold to destroy cancer cells by spraying liquid nitrogen onto the tumor
  • Shave excision, which is performed under local anesthetic for tumors found on the top layers of skin
  • Chemotherapy, which may be applied topically as a cream or ointment to the affected area
  • Mohs surgery, which involves removing cancerous tissue one layer at a time, checking each layer for evidence of a tumor

Skin Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Northwestern Medicine’s team of specialist is able to offer a multitude of leading-edge treatments to remove and treat skin cancer in its various forms and stages. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of this important work, you will make a positive difference for many people affected by skin cancer. 

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