We've launched a War on Melanoma™ to eliminate melanoma as a cause of death

Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, has seen rates increase over the past three decades. Over 100,000 new cases of melanoma in the U.S. are estimated in 2021 alone1. Oregon ranks in the top 10 for both melanoma rates and deaths2We must take decisive action to fight this disease.

Melanoma can be prevented. Survival rates are best when it is found and treated early. The War on Melanoma™ aims to attack melanoma on all fronts.

We must understand the disease better through research. We must find better treatments. We must promote healthy sun habits. We must educate on the importance of finding melanoma early. The more melanomas we can prevent — and find and treat early — the more deaths we will avoid. 

Will you join the fight? Learn about specific ways to participate in the War on Melanoma™:

Upcoming event

Alexander Witkowski analyzing a confocal microscopy image

More than skin deep — Advanced imaging and skin cancer
featuring Alexander Witkowski, M.D., Ph.D., Joanna Ludzik, M.D., Ph.D., Jina Chung, M.D.

Advanced imaging technologies are the latest tool being used at OHSU to detect skin cancers – with one major benefit – without the need for invasive biopsy.

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Learn about melanoma

Learn about melanoma

Get involved

Get involved with the War on Melanoma

Join the Melanoma Community Registry

Join the Melanoma Community Registry

For skincare professionals

War on Melanoma™ for skincare professionals


Learn about melanoma resources

For medical professionals

War on Melanoma™ for medical professionals

The SCAR Project

A black and white image of a melanoma survivor with her scar

The SCAR Project is an original portrait series of melanoma survivors and their scars. The project was orchestrated by former OHSU dermatology resident and avid photographer, Dr. Kelly Griffith-Bauer, M.D.

Dr. Bauer during her time in clinic would snap photos to document patient's skin as part of their clinical exams. But as she photographed excision scars who were undergoing treatment for melanoma, she noticed an often negative reaction. "Some tried to hide their scar, some were proud of it. I became fascinated by the dichotomy. But no one liked the photos I took in clinic. They'd say I hate that photo. I hate seeing that photo." She went on to capture higher quality portraits that could better reflect patients and their relationships to their scars. View the Scar project gallery here.

The War on Melanoma™ is an all-fronts effort to eliminate melanoma in Oregon and beyond, brought to you by the OHSU Department of Dermatology and Knight Cancer Institute.

The War on Melanoma™ has launched a public health campaign to get Oregonians to Start Seeing Melanoma™! Visit the Start Seeing Melanoma webpage to learn more.