Skin Cancer Institute
Skin cancer — the most common form of cancer in the United States—impacts all of our lives. It is estimated that at least one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during a lifetime. Unlike many common cancers that are becoming less widespread, the incidence of all forms of skin cancer continues to rise as shown in epidemiologic studies over the last few decades.
At Northwestern Medicine, we are deeply committed to providing advanced care for skin cancer and reversing the growing prevalence of all forms of skin cancer. Through our Skin Cancer Institute within the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, we are providing expert patient care and spearheading high-impact research, education, and training.
With director Joan Guitart, MD (Dermatology; Dermatopathology), and esteemed co-directors Timothy Kuzel, MD (Hematology-Oncology), and Jeffrey Wayne, MD (Surgical Oncology), we offer multidisciplinary leadership that coordinates dermatology, surgical oncology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology care with translational research.
We are the Chicago area's leading site for the care of patients with skin cancers and are proud to offer a comprehensive and patient-centered clinical program.
Our 5 areas of excellence are: Melanoma (led by Mary Martini, MD), cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (led by Joan Guitart, MD), epithelial cancer/basal and squamous cell cancers (led by Simon Yoo, MD), skin cancer education (led by June Robinson, MD), and the skin complications of cancer therapies (led by Stavonnie Patterson, MD).
Cutting-edge clinical and lab-based research to benefit our patients with cancer is a critical component of the Skin Cancer Institute of Northwestern Medicine, led by Mary Hendrix, PhD and Pedram Gerami, MD.
As a premier teaching institution, we are training the next generation of skin cancer specialists and researchers.
Skin Cancer: Increasing Urgency for Action
Despite the decreasing incidence of many common cancers, the incidence of all forms of skin cancer continues to rise. The increased exposure to the sun due to changing travel habits and tanning beds, as well as misconceptions about the "healthy" look associated with a tan are significant contributors to this epidemic of skin cancer.
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