Lesser Known Facts about Skin Cancer

Lesser Known Facts about Skin Cancer

Lesser Known Facts about Skin Cancer


Nearly 50% of all cancer cases are a type of skin cancer

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year than any other type of cancer. Over 5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year.


Almost 90% of non-melanoma skin cancer is caused by UV rays

UV rays can harm the skin though intermittent sunburns and chronic exposure to direct sunlight. People get exposed to these rays outdoors in the sun, driving in the car on a sunny day or lying in tanning beds.


It’s estimated that someone dies from Melanoma every hour on the U.S.

Although Melanoma accounts for less than 2 per cent of skin cancer cases, it is the cause of majority of deaths in skin cancer cases.


Melanoma accounts for the fifth most common cancer cause in men and seventh most in women.

Although more women are diagnosed with melanoma before age 50, by age 65, men two times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma than women.


Many cases of skin cancer go unreported

If diagnosed early, skin cancer cases can be treated by doctors and the patients might not have to undergo whole cancer treatment.


Nearly $8.1 billion dollars is spend by Americans on skin care treatment alone

A decent amount of money in the U.S. is spend on skin cancer treatment each year as Americans spend nearly $4.8 billion for non-melanoma and $3.3 billion for melanoma every year.


Skin cancer can affect people with any skin tone

People with any skin tone are prone to skin cancer. They are equally likely to get affected by skin cancer as those with fairer skin stand more chances to be affected by skin cancer, and those with darker are at greater risk because skin cancer go unnoticed until advance stages.


Skin cancer has more than a 95% cure rate.

Among other fatal cancers, skin cancer is one of the most treatable and preventable cancers. Taking precautions like minimum exposure to sunlight can help in protecting yourself from the risk of skin cancer. Annual checkups with a dermatologist are a good way of diagnosing skin cancer at an early stage.



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