More than 3.5 million non-melanoma skin cancers in more than 2 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed annually.
Current estimates are that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime.
Basal cell (BCC) and Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC)are the two most common forms of skin cancer, but both are easily treated if detected early (a cure rate of about 95 percent if detected and treated early). Studies have shown that they are increasing in men and women under 40.
Melanoma incidence rates have been increasingfor at least 30 years. In the most recent time period, rapid increases have occurred among young, white women (3 percent per year since 1992 in those ages 15 to 39) and white adults 65 years and older (5.1 percent per year since 1985 in men and 4.1 percent per year since 1975 in women).
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29.
Melanoma is increasing faster in females 15-29 than males in the same age group. In females 15-29, the torso is the most common location for developing melanoma, which may be the result of high-risk tanning behaviors.
Melanoma in individuals 10-39 is highly curable, with five-year survival rates exceeding 90 percent.
By 2015, it is estimated that 1/50 Americans will develop melanoma during their lifetime.
One American dies of melanoma almost every hour. In 2013, it is estimated that 9,480 deaths will be attributed to melanoma — 6,280 men and 3,200 women.
The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 65,000 people a year worldwide die malignant skin cancer.
People who have more than 50 moles, atypical moles, or a family history of melanoma are at an increased risk of developing melanoma.
Approximately 75 percent of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma.
The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent.
Five-year survival rates for regional and distant stage melanomas are 62 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
In 2004, the total direct cost associated with the treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer in the U.S. alone was $1.5 billion and in 2010 was $2.36 billion.
The use of tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma, especially in women younger than 45.
Individuals who have a history of melanoma should have a full-body exam at least annually and perform regular self-exams for new and changing moles. Melanoma survivors have about a 9-fold risk of developing another melanoma compared to the general population.
The American Melanoma Foundation and The American Cancer Society recommend a skin cancer-related checkup and counseling about sun exposure as part of any health examination for men and women.You should be aware of your skin and ask your doctor about any new or changing spots.Keep in mind that the major risk factor for developing melanoma of the skin is exposure to ultraviolet light.