Facts About Skin Cancer
According to the latest statistics available from the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Skin cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in the skin cells and accounts for 50 percent of all cancers.
- In the US alone, more than 1 million Americans will be diagnosed in 2007 with nonmelanoma skin cancer, and 59,940 will be diagnosed with melanoma, according to the American Cancer Society.
- Although exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays is said to be the most important factor in the cause of skin cancers, about 70 percent of American adults do not use sun-protection measures.
- Most skin cancers appear after age 50, but skin damage from the sun begins at an early age. Therefore, protection should start in childhood to prevent skin cancer later in life.
In addition, consider the following statistics from the American Cancer Society and the American Academy of Dermatology:
- Basal cell carcinoma accounts for more than 75 percent of all skin cancers in the US.
- Both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas have a 95 percent cure rate when detected and treated early.
- Melanoma incidence rates are 10 times higher for Caucasians than for African Americans. People with dark-pigmented skin can develop melanoma, particularly on the palms of the hands, on the soles of the feet, under the nails, and inside the mouth.
- Melanoma is expected to be diagnosed in about 59,940 persons this year.
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