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A skin cancer diagnosis is devastating.

With the right specialist, it’s easier to understand the process and form a treatment plan. Each of our experienced physicians has the expertise needed to diagnose and treat skin cancer on the face, ears, lips, and nose. Our top-of-the-line treatments are used not only during melanoma surgery, but also to remove basal cell carcinoma and other rare forms of skin cancer.

Skin Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery Center is Orange County’s premiere skin cancer center, offering patients, physicians, and the community a credible, reliable, and convenient resource for understanding, preventing, and managing skin cancer. Located conveniently in Newport Beach, Orange County, receiving quality treatment for cancer is possible.


Skin Cancer Facts and Figures

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once.
  • Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.¹
  • One person dies of melanoma every hour.
  • About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.¹
  • You are more likely to develop skin cancer on the left side of your body due to exposure to UVA rays in sunlight while driving.
  • UVA exposure occurs through windows, on cloudy days, and by exposure to fluorescent light bulbs. Wearing sunscreen while in doors, will help protect your skin from damage.


  • 1 ounce of sunscreen should be applied every 2 hours to maintain a safe level of SPF protection.
  • Regular use of sunscreen will reduce a person’s risk of developing skin cancer by 40%.
  • SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays
  • SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays
  • SPF 100 blocks 99% of UVB rays
  • Water resistant sunscreen holds up against water exposure, but only lasts up to 40 minutes after sun exposure. Water resistant sunscreen should be reapplied 30 minutes after water exposure for maximum effectiveness.
  • Waterproof sunscreen is not completely water resistant, but can last up to 80 minutes after sun exposure.
  • When applying sunscreen the three most commonly neglected areas are the ears, feet, and behind the knees. Remember to apply sunscreen to these areas to avoid sunburn and future skin damage.


  • Men are almost twice as likely to develop and die of skin cancer than women in the United States.
  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common cancer in Caucasians, Hispanics, Chinese Asians and the Japanese.¹
  • Melanomas in blacks, Asians, Filipinos, Indonesians, and native Hawaiians most often occur on non-exposed skin with less pigment, with up to 60-75 percent of tumors arising on the palms, soles, mucous membranes and nail regions.¹
  • Outdoor athletes have an increased risk of skin cancer.
  • Animals can also get skin cancer, just like humans.
  • Melanoma accounts for up to three percent of all pediatric cancers.¹


1. Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics.” Skin Cancer Foundation, Accessed 1 December 2016.


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