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Skin Cancer

Important Skin Cancer Facts and Statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • Each year over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated.
  • Basal cell cancer is the most common form of skin cancer; more than 4 million cases are diagnosed in the U.S. per year
  • Squamous cell cancer is the second most common form of skin cancer; more than 1 million cases are diagnosed in the U.S. per year.
  • Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer affecting more than 58 million Americans.
  • One person dies of melanoma every hour.
  • Melanoma accounts for less than 1% of skin cancer cases but the majority of skin cancer deaths.
  • A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she had had more than 5 sunburns.
  • More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking.
  • Individuals who have used tanning beds have an increased risk of developing basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma.
  • Sun damage is cumulative and causes 90% of skin aging.  Daily sunscreen use can decrease skin aging.
  • Skin cancer can occur in African Americans and Asians. Melanomas often occur in non-sun exposed areas such as the soles, palms, nail regions, and mucous membranes.
  • Melanoma can occur in kids accounting for up to 3% of pediatric cancers.

Dr Hayag recommends yearly total body skin examinations and more frequent visits for those with a history of skin cancers. She devises a proper treatment plan for skin cancer to the people living in New York, NY. More information regarding skin cancers can be found at www.skincancer.org.

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