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Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

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Diagnosis & Treatment 

Diagnostic Techniques

Often you or your physician first detects a possible skin cancer with a physical examination. The American Cancer Society recommends you check your skin about once a month for possible problems. Use a mirror or have someone help you examine your back, shoulders and other hard-to-see areas.

Skin cancers can have different appearances ranging from small, shiny or waxy to scaly and rough, firm and red, crusty or bleeding.

  • Other things to look for include:
  • Half of the abnormal skin area is different than the other half
  • Irregular borders
  • Color varies from one area to another with shades of tan, brown or black and sometimes white, red or blue.
  • The area is usually, but not always, larger than six millimeters in size

Anything suspicious should be looked at by your physician who can perform a biopsy of the area if necessary to determine an accurate diagnosis.

Physicians on the medical staff at Baylor Dallas offer care management from initial diagnosis or second opinion and consultation through follow-up care. Physician referral information is available through the Patient Navigation Program at 214.820.3535 or by calling 1.800.4BAYLOR (422.9567) or searching our online physician directory.

Cancer Research
Baylor is currently involved in more than 150 studies to determine better ways to diagnose and treat a variety of cancers. Find information on trials being conducted by searching our online listing.

Treatment Options

Almost all forms of melanoma skin cancer will require one or a combination of these treatment methods:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Lymph Node Biopsy

 For more information about skin cancer, visit our HealthSource Health Library.