Expert Melanoma & Skin Cancer Care

Our multidisciplinary team has specialized expertise to provide the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plans across all skin cancer types. Our oncologic dermatologist and surgical oncologist use state-of-the-art technologies and supportive therapies, including Mohs surgery and Vectra WB360 3D Total Body Photographic Imaging, to help ensure the best outcomes coupled with the highest quality of life. We are committed to providing the most cutting-edge imaging and innovative surgical and medical treatments to help patients get treatment earlier and avoid unnecessary biopsies.


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Expert Skin Cancer Care at Hoag

Every person needs a dedicated team of experts to help them beat skin cancer. Hoag’s multidisciplinary team, including a dedicated Mohs surgeon, offers you specialized expertise to provide the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plans. At Hoag, you are not alone.

Vectra WB360 3D Total Body Photographic Imaging

Hoag is the first hospital on the West Coast to offer high-risk skin cancer patients access to the West Coast’s only Vectra WB360 Total Body Photographic Imaging System, which allows dermatologists to monitor suspicious lesions and track changes over time. The Vectra helps physicians to detect skin cancer at the earliest stage, while avoiding unnecessary skin biopsies.

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Dedicated Mohs Surgeon

At Hoag, our medical director of dermatologic oncology Steven Q. Wang, M.D., is available for consultation and evaluation for melanoma. As a Mohs surgeon and dermatologist who treats only cancer, he has extensive training and expertise that is unparalleled in Orange County. 

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All-Inclusive Care in One Location

Led by board-certified experts in both oncologic dermatology and surgical oncology, Hoag’s Melanoma & Skin Cancer Program in Orange County is leveraging state-of-the-art technology to provide streamlined, all-inclusive care for high-risk and previously diagnosed patients – all in one location. 

Our all-access approach to care includes close collaboration with Hoag experts in medical oncology, precision medicine, immunotherapy, targeted radiation therapy, scientific research and plastic surgery.

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Leader in Skin Cancer Research & Clinical Trials

Hoag Family Cancer Institute is a leader in skin cancer research giving patients options not available at other hospitals in the area.

Our groundbreaking clinical trials in precision medicine, immunotherapy/cell therapy, molecular imaging and therapy and other Phase I-IV clinical trials are changing lives in Orange County and beyond.

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Meet Our Specialized Melanoma & Skin Cancer Team

From Mohs surgery to advanced skin cancer surgery and treatment, our specialized team includes a board-certified oncologic dermatologist and surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, as well as nurse navigators, pathologists, genetic counselors, social workers and more, all working shoulder to shoulder to provide comprehensive, coordinated skin cancer care for you.

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Conveniently Located in Orange County

16105 Sand Canyon Ave., Ste. 220

Hoag Health Center Irvine – Sand Canyon

16105 Sand Canyon Avenue
Irvine, CA 92618, US

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You Are Not Alone.

No one should face skin cancer alone and Hoag wraps itself around every patient with an all-inclusive offering of care and support. From site-specific nurse navigators to a tranquil infusion setting, as well as a full suite of integrated wellness services, Hoag provides all of the care you need nearby in Orange County.

Education and Supportive Care

Do I have Melanoma?

What is melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that originates in the melanocytes, the cells that produce pigment in the skin. Melanomas can develop anywhere there is pigmented skin, even on internal organs or the eyes, but most often occur on parts of the body exposed to the sun, including the face, arms, back and legs.

Though melanoma is very treatable if diagnosed early, it is considered the most dangerous type of skin cancer due to its quick growth and ability to spread to any organ inside the body. Though only about 1 percent of all diagnosed skin cancers in the U.S. are melanoma, the disease causes the majority of skin-cancer-related deaths.

At Hoag, Our Whole-Body, Patient-First Philosophy Is All About You

Helping to limit anxiety and calm fears, when patients come to us with a potentially worrisome blemish, spot or mole, our skin exams are detailed and thorough, helping patients feel confident and comfortable. Our team sees every exam as an opportunity to educate and our world-class team of specialists take the time to explain as we examine, helping patients not only understand why one mole is safe while another is potentially malignant, but also which specific factors lead to that determination. 

At Hoag, we understand the power of seeing every patient as a whole person, not just a name on a chart. And it’s another great reason to trust Hoag for your dermatologic care.    

What are the symptoms of melanoma?

The most frequent early symptom of melanoma is finding a previously-unnoticed spot on the skin, or changes to the size, shape or color of an existing mole or blemish.

In evaluating suspect spots, moles or blemishes, the CDC suggests that those deciding whether to consult their doctor should remember “A-B-C-D-E.” It stands for:

  • Asymmetry: If you divide the spot in two, does it have an irregular shape that makes the two halves look different?
  • Border: Is the border of the spot uneven, irregular or jagged?
  • Color: Is color in the spot unevenly distributed across its surface?
  • Diameter: Is the spot larger than the diameter of a standard pencil eraser?
  • Evolving: Has the spot noticeably changed in color, size, shape or other characteristics over a period of weeks or months?

If the answer to one or more of these questions is yes, be safe and see your doctor.

What are the risk factors for melanoma?

There are a number of factors that are believed to increase your risk of developing melanoma.

Certain individuals are at higher risk for melanoma. These may include:

  • Fitzpatrick skin types I, II
    • Type I – described as skin that always burns, never tans and is sensitive to UV exposure
    • Type II – described as skin that burns easily, tans minimally
  • Excessive UV light exposure: excessive exposure to the sun or using indoor tanning beds
  • A history of severe, blistering sunburns
  • Family history of melanoma
  • Personal history of non-melanotic skin cancers

However, not all melanomas are at high risk. Here are some additional, more specific, risk factors for melanoma:

  • Having fair skin
  • A previous diagnosis of melanoma
  • Having more than 50 moles on your skin
  • Diagnosis with dysplastic nevi, which are a variety of moles which tend to be larger, and of an irregular color and shape
  • A weakened immune system (immunosuppression)
  • Familial melanoma
  • CDKN2A or CDK4 mutations
  • Melanocortin 1 Receptor Genotype
  • Childhood cancer survivors (previous treatment with XRT)
  • Parkinson’s Disease

How can I reduce my risk of developing melanoma?

Ways to reduce your risk of developing melanoma may include:

  • Check your skin regularly
  • Avoid purposeful tanning, whether in the sun or in a tanning bed
  • Avoid the sun during the middle of the day
  • Wear sunscreen when outdoors, year round, as the Skin Cancer Foundation says that daily use of sunscreen of at least 15 SPF can lower your risk of developing melanoma by at least 50 percent.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun while working outdoors through seeking shade, wearing clothing that covers more of your skin, applying a high-SPF sunscreen or working in the morning or late afternoon

The simplest step is to visit your dermatologist for a skin check-up once a year, or every six months if you have a family history.