Melanoma (Skin Cancer) Experience and Expertise at South Nassau
Though melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer, it’s the most deadly. So South Nassau's Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center is home to experts who specialize in this condition. Early detection and treatment are the major focus of our board-certified and fellowship-trained surgical oncologists. They bring to our patients advanced training and experience in diagnosing, treating and preventing melanoma. They, along with all of South Nassau’s cancer experts, work as a team to create the best treatment plan for each patient.
Screening, diagnosis, treatment and surveillance guidelines for melanoma are constantly advancing. So our dedicated team includes surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, experienced nurses and lymphedema specialists. We offer expert review and care of patients with both simple and complicated cases. And we treat all of our patients according to the latest available guidelines from the National Comprehensive Care Network.
Our physicians also bring experience in both cancer-related and cosmetic-related surgeries, regional lymph node staging (with the use of sentinel lymph node sampling and regional lymph node dissections) and palliative care to relieve symptoms of pain, for example, caused by cancer
More about Melanoma
Melanoma is one of the fastest-growing types of cancer — and one of the most serious. Accounting for only about 4 percent of all cases of skin cancer, it is the least common. But it’s the most deadly. It causes 79 percent of skin cancer deaths, according to the the American Cancer Society.
The median age at diagnosis is between 45 and 55, although one in every four cases occur before age 40. Melanoma is the second most common cancer in women between the ages of 20 and 35, and the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 25 to 30.1
Race is the primary risk factor for developing melanoma, with fair-skinned races at greater risk than darker-skinned races. In the United States, whites are 20 times more likely to develop melanoma than African-Americans.
1 Lotze MT, Dallal RM, Kirkwood JM, Flickinger JC. Cutaneous melanoma. In DeVita VT, Rosenberg SA, Hellman S. (eds.), Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 2001.
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