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.