12 Things You Should Know About Skin Cancer

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Melanoma is the least common type of skin cancers, but it’s the deadliest and most preventable type.

Below is a list of facts about melanoma and skin cancer in general. It’s important to be aware, so you can educate or tell others about this disease. Summer is just around the corner and we easily forget the dangers of being exposed to UV rays for long periods of time. Be sure to schedule a check-up for you and your family this month.

  1. Almost 50% of all cancer cases are a type of skin cancer.

  2. UV rays cause almost 90% of non-melanoma skin cancer through chronic exposure and occasional sunburns.
  3. People encounter these potentially harmful rays outdoors in the sun, lying in tanning beds and even sitting next to a window or driving in the car on a sunny day.
  4. In the U.S., someone dies from melanoma every 57 minutes.
  5. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer for men and the seventh most common for women.
  6. Reports of skin cancer diagnoses are considered to be underreported.
  7. Americans spend $8.1 billion on skin cancer treatment alone each year.
  8. Skin cancer treatment can cost each patient anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
  9. Skin cancer affects all ethnicities.
  10. Using a tanning bed before age 30 boosts melanoma risk by 75 percent.
  11. Skin cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers. When detected early, skin cancer has more than a 95% cure rate.
  12. Your back is the most common location for melanoma.

This article was generously provided by SAIN / Servicios Agrupados Integrales