Center of Excellence on Cancers of the Skin

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., with more than one million new cases diagnosed annually. While most skin cancers are curable with early detection, the incidence of potentially fatal melanomas and Merkel cell carcinomas is increasing. As the population ages, skin cancer is becoming a growing public health concern. Bringing together unique assets of the Medical Center such as the largest Dermatology department in the country, our NCI-designated Cancer Institute, the Tumor Vaccine Program, the departments of Environmental Medicine, Cell Biology and Human Genetics, as well as the School of Dentistry, this Center of Excellence attracts talented clinicians, new scientists, and the funding needed to accelerate the discovery of innovative ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancers of the skin.