About Melanoma

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, and it's becoming more common, with the risk on the rise for younger people. Although it's a skin cancer, melanoma can actually form anywhere on your body, including your eyes, the soles of your feet and under your fingernails.

While great strides have been made in melanoma diagnosis and treatment, many challenges remain, as nearly 80,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma and nearly 10,000 die of melanoma annually in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

The Melanoma Research Program at Mayo Clinic was developed as a multidisciplinary approach to improve the diagnosis and care of patients with melanoma, with a special focus on patients with recurrent and metastatic disease — the most difficult melanoma cases.

The Melanoma Research Program is led by physicians, scientists and nurses from numerous specialties working together to develop new therapies, offer individualized treatment plans and manage side effects, all of which have led to improved outcomes for patients with melanoma.