• Melanoma

    Our team specializes in treating melanoma, a type of skin cancer in which cancer cells are found in the melanocytes, the cells that produce color (pigment) in the skin. Melanoma may also be called cutaneous melanoma or malignant melanoma. Melanoma is the rarest, but most virulent, form of skin cancer.

    Melanoma is a more serious type of cancer than the more common basal cell cancer or squamous cell cancer. Other types of skin cancer include merkel cell cancer, cutaneous cell carcinoma and Kaposi's sarcoma. 

    Proper sun protection can help prevent skin cancer. Wear clothing that covers the body and apply sunscreen during outdoor activities such as playing sports or spending time at the pool. Learn more about preventing melanoma and sarcoma.

    Skin cancer care at the UK Markey Cancer Center

    Clinical trials 
    Genetic counseling 

    Patient appointments

      Request an appointment online or call 859-257-4488 or toll free 866-340-4488.

  • Melanoma risk factors

    Persons with the following characteristics may be at an increased risk for melanoma:

    • blond or red hair
    • blue eyes
    • fair complexion
    • family history of melanoma
    • a changed or changing mole
    • many ordinary moles (more than 50)
    • many freckles
    • an immunosuppressive disorder
    • dysplastic nevi (atypical moles)
    • sun exposure
    • inability to tan

    Dark brown or black skin is not a guarantee against melanoma. African-Americans can develop this cancer, especially on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, under nails or in the mouth.

  • Multidisciplinary Clinic

    Markey Cancer Center
    Whitney-Hendrickson Building
    First Floor
    800 Rose St.
    Lexington KY 40536-0098

    This is a clinic of the University of Kentucky Hospital, also known as UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Read more »

    Call 859-257-4488
    Call 866-340-4488

    A parking lot for Markey Cancer Center patients is located near the Whitney-Hendrickson Building, accessible via Hospital Drive.

    Directions to Markey Cancer Center - Whitney-Hendrickson Building »

    Insurance information

    Insurance policies can vary widely. Please check with your doctor/clinic for specific insurance information before your visit or procedure to avoid unexpected out-of-pocket costs. See list of insurers »

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