What is Actinic Keratosis?

What is Actinic Keratosis? Actinic keratosis (AK) is a rough, scaly, crusty, and/or discolored patch that grows on the skin. AKs are caused by long-term exposure to UV radiation.
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What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer caused by damage to the DNA of melanocyte cells in the skin. Melanocytes produce melanin, a pigment in skin that is primarily responsible for skin color. When melanocytes DNA is damaged, it may cause the cells to mutate—leading to rapid, uncontrolled growth and the formation of malignant tumors.
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FDA approves new skin cancer drug for basal cell carcinoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new skin cancer drug designed to treat basal cell carcinoma. The drug, Odomzo, will be used to treat locally advanced basal cell carcinomas in patients where the disease has returned after the original tumor was surgically removed. The drug will also be an option for patients who are not candidates for surgery or radiation treatment.

The ABCDEs of Melanoma

315,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed every year in the United States. In 73,870 of those cases, the disease will spread from the site of the original tumor (a condition called invasive melanoma). An estimated 9,940 will die, a rate of nearly one death per hour.
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Data Show Skyrocketing Skin Cancer Rates

Data from around the world show that skin cancer, long identified as the most common type of cancer globally, is still on the rise. The World Health Organization estimates that one in every three cancers diagnosed worldwide is a type of skin cancer, and, according to Skin Cancer Foundation Statistics, one in every five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer characterized by the uncontrolled growth of damaged or mutated squamous cells. The second most common form of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma accounts for 700,000 new cases each year in the US alone.

What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a form of skin cancer that develops in the top layer of the skin. It is by far the most common type of skin cancer—of the 3.5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year in the United States, nearly 80% are basal cell carcinomas.

Survivorship Clinic - with Linda Coverdale - at CaroMont and Novant Radiation Oncology Centers

I am Linda Coverdale, PA-C, and I have been brought on board to focus on cancer survivorship! Survivorship is a critical part of cancer care and we are very excited to introduce this piece of the care plan to the Gaston and Charlotte area...

CaroMont Cancer Center Tumor Board Presentation by Charles Meakin

T.T. is a 46 year-old woman who underwent renal transplantation 20 years ago and has been on an immunosuppressive medication since the transplant. She started developing squamous cell skin cancers on her sun exposed arms and face 5 to 7 years ago...

CaroMont Cancer Center Kayak & Dinner

CaroMont Cancer Center Staff enjoys river kayak and dinner at the US National Whitewater Center.  CaroMont Cancer Center Medical Director Dr. Charles Meakin served on original Board of Directors of USNWWC from its inception to 2012.