Skin Cancer Facts

A positive consideration of all the skin cancer facts is that the cure rate of all 3 of the most common types of skin cancer is high when detected early.

Hopefully, you can detect it early after going through much of the information on this site.

Whenever you suspect skin cancer ...see your dermatologist!

List of skin cancer facts

• Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in the USA.

• One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during the course of a lifetime.

 The 3 Types of Skin Cancer most common are Basal Cell, Squamous Cell and Melanoma.

• In the USA we have over 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed each year.

Melanoma accounts for only 4 percent of all skin cancers in the USA, but is responsible for over 75 percent of skin cancer deaths.

• The sun’s Ultraviolet Rays is said to be a most important factor in the Cause of Skin Cancers, still most American adults use no protection or think in terms of moderation. ...It is my common sense opinion that a Weakened Immune System coupled with overexposure to UV rays, amongst other possible factors is the very most important factor.

• After age 40-50 is when most skin cancers occur, however skin damage begins at an early age. Awareness, moderation and protection should begin early on in life.

• The skin cancer cure rate for Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas is high. It is about 95 percent when detected and properly treated early.

• The Prognosis of Melanoma Skin cancer can be very good when detected and treated early.

• Some skin cancer facts concerning the melanoma incidence rates are; that it is 20 times higher for Caucasians than for African-Americans. Nevertheless, those with dark pigmented skin can also develop melanoma, particularly on the soles of the feet, under the nails, inside the mouth and on the palms of their hands.

• African American and Asian American melanoma patients tend to be more advanced in the disease at the time of diagnosis.

• Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer among Asian Indians and African Americans.

• For women between the ages of 25-29, melanoma is more common than any non-skin cancer.

• For non-Caucasions, children have a higher risk for melanoma than adults.

• Contrary to popular opinion, about 80 percent of the sun exposure in a person’s lifetime doesn’t happen before age 18. Only about 23 percent of a person’s lifetime sun exposure occurs before age 18.

• A Family History of Skin Cancer can cause both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.

• For those who want to know the Actual History of Skin Cancer - Brief, but interesting.

Facts about UV exposure over a person’s lifetime in the USA

• Ages 1-18 the average accumulated exposure is 22.73 percent

• Ages 19-40 the average accumulated exposure is 46.53 percent

• Ages 41-59 the average accumulated exposure is 73.7 percent

• Ages 60-78 the average accumulated exposure is 100 percent

This is based on a 78 year lifespan.

One of the positive skin cancer facts is that skin cancer does give us warning signs.

It's important to learn how to identify skin cancer!

The American Academy of Dermatology came up with a guide to help detect the signs of skin cancer. They broke it down into the Five Signs of Skin Cancer. ---A-B-C-D-E--- Easy to remember.

More Skin Cancer Facts from The American Academy of Dermatology

Links related to Skin Cancer Facts:

Family History of Skin Cancer
Prognosis of Melanoma
Chronological History of Skin Cancer
Risk Factors for Skin Cancer
Five Signs of Skin Cancer

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Updated July 1, 2015


Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Scared to Death!!! - by Shelly

Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie  

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Bottom Line
The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t put your very life at risk!