Statistics on skin cancer


I have found some frightening statistics on skin cancer while doing research for this website.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, CDC, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and many other data resources, skin cancer is on the rise despite the increased awareness and the multi-million dollar sunscreen industry.

• Cancer of the Skin is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

• New cases of all forms of skin cancers are on the rise in the United States.

• More than 1 million (1,000,000) cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2009.

• Most Skin Cancers are considered to be sun-related.

• The two most common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas—are highly curable.

• Melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous, especially among young people.




2009 Estimates for Melanoma in the United States

• There will be about 11,590 deaths from skin cancer

• 8,650 from melanoma

• 2,940 from other skin cancers

• There will be about 68,720 new cases of Melanoma skin cancer

Source: American Cancer Society


For localized melanoma, the 5-year survival rate is 99%;

About 80% of melanomas are diagnosed at a localized stage.



• More than 20 Americans die each day from skin cancer, primarily melanoma.
• One person dies from melanoma almost every hour.



What are the risk factors for skin cancer?

Risk factors for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers include:
• unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation

• fair complexion

• occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds, or radium

• family history

• multiple or atypical moles

• severe sunburns as a child


Although these statistics on skin cancer are alarming, prevetion and early treatment options will hopefully help to decrease these stats.


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