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 incidence rates increase over the past three decades. Over 96, 000 new cases of melanoma in the U.S. are estimated in 2019 alone, with Oregon ranking in the top 10 of incidence rates in both men and women.

In order to fight this disease, we must take decisive action. When melanomas are detected early, survival rates are great — if undetected, it becomes increasingly fatal over time. The War on Melanoma™ is a comprehensive strategy that will attack melanoma on all fronts, but has a primary focus on this link between early detection of melanoma leading to improved survivorship.

Learn more about specific ways to participate in the War on Melanoma™:

Upcoming event

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So you might need surgery for skin cancer...What does that mean?
featuring Anna Bar, M.D., Dale Han, M.D.

Learn more, register for free.

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.