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Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers with around 20% of people receiving a diagnosis in their lifetime. Of these, basal cell carcinoma, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most frequently diagnosed.

At WakeMed Hematology & Medical Oncology, our team of experts offer the highest level of experience and comprehensive care to ensure the best possible outcomes — with treatments customized to each patient. Ever learning, we continue to use tried and true established therapies while exploring new interventions as our greatest desire is to help each patient thrive.

Diagnostics for Skin Cancers

Skin cancers can appear differently. Our medical providers look for signs of skin cancer based on the appearance of a growth on the skin. These include asymmetry, borders, color, diameter and evolution. 


  • Examination of the Affected Area of the Skin
  • Biopsy of the Skin


  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT)

Types of Skin Cancers

Skin cancers are varied and may result from toxic overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Here are the general types of skin cancers:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Kaposi Sarcoma
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • T-Cell Lymphoma, Cutaneous 

Treatments for Skin Cancers

One or more of the following treatments may be used to treat skin cancers.

  • Chemical Peel
  • Chemotherapy
  • Drug Therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgery
    • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Target Therapy