Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the tissues of the skin. There are two major groups: nonmelanoma and melanoma. Nonmelanoma skin cancers are by far the most common types of cancer, with more than 1 million new cases diagnosed annually, and most are highly curable.  Melanoma is much less common, but more serious. Melanoma is highly curable in its early stages, but may spread to other parts of the body.

At Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, we have skin cancer experts who have dedicated their lives to providing the best skin cancer research and treatment.  With research and treatment areas under one roof, we are better able to apply research advances to patient care.  

As one of only four institutions approved by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to conduct phase I and II clinical trials on NCI sponsored anticancer agents, the OSUCCC – James has access to more leading-edge targeted cancer therapies than most hospitals across America. That translates to better outcomes, fewer side effects and more hope. Search open cancer clinical trials​.​

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If you have questions about skin cancer, please call The James Line – a free cancer information resource and physician referral service – at 614-293-5066 or 1-800-293-5066 (outside Franklin County) or e-mail now. The James Line oncology nurses can be reached Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except weekends and holidays).

Additional information is available in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's Melanoma Treatment Guidelines for Patients.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: