Specializing in Your Body’s Largest Organ—Your Skin.
At CentraState’s Melanoma Center, our dermatologists and surgeons specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. We offer a thorough approach to care that includes the only hospital-based MoleSafe screening program in the state—an advanced skin cancer detection and monitoring system for high-risk patients. The melanoma team also works collaboratively with medical and radiation oncologists when needed, and wellness experts to help guide you back to good health.
Step 1 – Awareness
It’s very important for you to first be aware of any changes in your skin, so make sure to check yourself often for any noticeable differences. Regular skin cancer screenings by a physician are also a must for anyone, regardless of risk factors. However, if you have (or have had) "any" of the following you could be at higher risk for melanoma:
- Sunburns (at least one blistering burn) as a child or adolescent.
- Fair skin and light colored eyes.
- A personal history of melanoma or other skin cancers. A family history of melanoma.
- Multiple moles.
- Atypical (oddly shaped) moles.
- A mole or lesion that is changing size or shape or is itching or bleeding.
- A history of UVA sunbed/tanning salon use.
Step 2 – Detection
At the Melanoma Center, you’ll first meet with a melanoma specialist who will provide you with a thorough skin cancer screening and analysis. At this time, your physician may recommend a biopsy for any suspicious moles or lesions or a follow up monitoring plan. They might also recommend a MoleSafe screening.
MoleSafe is an invaluable surveillance tool for both high-risk or previously diagnosed skin cancer patients. Using a specialized digital camera, a trained nurse takes head-to-toe photos to create an electronic record of your skin. This record can be used during regular follow-up visits as a baseline for detecting changes in existing moles and lesions, as well as spotting any new ones. Results from the MoleSafe screening are assessed and diagnosed by a melanoma dermatologist, and a detailed report is sent to your doctor that includes recommendations for treating and monitoring suspicious lesions.
Step 3 – Continued Monitoring or Treatment
Your physician will recommend a follow up plan based on your initial screening results. If melanoma is detected, your treatment plan might include:
- Wide surgical excision—removes the cancerous tissue as well as a surrounding margin of healthy skin
- Sentinel lymph node mapping (for deeper lesions)—helps to determine if the melanoma has spread to local lymph nodes
- Biological therapy or immunotherapy—uses substances produced by the body or similar substances produced in the lab to boost the immune system to fight the skin cancer.
- Radiation therapy
- Clinical trials
We also provide treatments for other non-melanoma skin cancers (basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas).
The skin cancer team at CentraState understands that dealing with the emotional and physical effects of skin cancer can be stressful. To help patients and their families to better cope, we offer an array of supportive services, including wellness programs.
To learn more about the Melanoma Center or to request an appointment, please call (855) 5-NJ-SKIN.