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Here are some statistics for this deadly disease and some of the risk factors to look for and how you can help protect yourself.
Skin Cancer Statistics from the American Academy of Dermatology.
- It’s the most common Cancer in the U.S.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
- 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
- Affects more than 3 million Americans a year.
- Women had the greatest increase in incidence rates for both types of nonmelanoma skin cancer
- More than 1 million Americans are living with melanoma.
- Over 190K new cases of Melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S.
- Invasive Melanoma could become the 5th most common cancer for both men and women.
- Skin cancer rates have double since 1982.
- Skin cancer affects people of all color and skin type. It does not discriminate
- Skin cancer in patients with skin of color are often diagnosed in its later stages, when it’s more difficult to treat.
- Research has shown that patients with skin of color are less likely than Caucasian patients to survive melanoma.
- Twenty-four percent of melanoma cases in African-American patients are diagnosed at the regional stage, while 16 percent are diagnosed at the distant stage.
- Before age 50, melanoma incidence rates are higher in women than in men.
- Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in females age 15-29.
- Melanoma incidence is increasing faster in females age 15-29 than in males of the same age group.
- Research indicates that the incidence of melanoma in women 18-39 increased 800 percent from 1970 to 2009.
- Nearly 20 Americans die from melanoma every day.
- Source of statistics – American Academy of Dermatology
- Exposure to natural and artificial ultraviolet light is a risk factor for all types of skin cancer.
- The majority of melanoma cases are attributable to UV exposure.
- Sun exposure in childhood and during one’s lifetime is associated with an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma.
- Research suggests that regular sunscreen use reduces melanoma risk. #ULTRAVIOLET product details
- Even one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person's chance of developing melanoma.
- Experiencing five or more blistering sunburns between ages 15 and 20 increases one’s melanoma risk by 80 percent and non-melanoma skin cancer risk by 68 percent.
- Exposure to tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma, especially in women 45 and younger.
- Researchers estimate that indoor tanning may cause upwards of 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year.
- People with more than 50 moles, atypical moles or large moles are at an increased risk of developing melanoma, as are sun-sensitive individuals, and those with a personal or family history of melanoma.
- Source of risk factors – American Academy of Dermatology
Prevention and detection
- Limiting exposure to UV light is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers.
- Stay out of indoor tanning beds and protect skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
- Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. #ULTRAVIOLET product details
- Wear protective clothing.
- Seek shade.
- Because severe sunburns during childhood may increase one’s risk of melanoma, children should be especially protected from the sun.
- Skin cancer warning signs.
- Changes in size, shape or color of a mole or other skin lesion.
- The appearance of a new growth on the skin, or a sore that doesn't heal.
- If you notice any spots on your skin that are different from the others, or anything changing, itching or bleeding, you should make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist.
- Everyone should perform regular skin self-exams to check for signs of skin cancer.
- About half of melanomas are self-detected.
- Source of prevention and detection – American Academy of Dermatology