Skin cancer occurs when abnormal skin cells grow uncontrollably and form malignant tumors. Skin cancer is most often caused by damage done to cells by ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds. More than one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Skin cancer types include melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
While melanoma accounts for less than five percent of all skin cancers, it is the most deadly. St. Luke’s is a regional center of excellence for melanoma and provides comprehensive care for patients with all stages of this disease. St. Luke’s team is guided by internationally-recognized melanoma expert Dr. Sanjiv Agarwala and board-certified specialists who provide the latest diagnostic and therapeutic care for patients with all stages of this disease. St. Luke’s has been able to bring emerging clinical trials for melanoma to the Lehigh Valley.