4 Melanoma Statistics You Need to Know About

Welcome to May! For us, May represents something we take very seriously - Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Melanoma is on the rise, and today we’d like to share some stark statistics that we hope will help you put into perspective the importance of regular screening.

Here are some numbers from recent recommendations by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force(USPSTF):

  • The 2015 estimate in the United States alone is 5.4 million cases of treated non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC)
  • The National Cancer Institute has reported that between 40% and 50% of Americans who live to the age of 65 years will develop a NMSC at least once.
  • 2% of patients in the United States diagnosed with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma will die annually from their skin cancer
  • 1 American expires every 57 minutes in the United States from malignant melanoma

The USPSTF has stressed that despite the fact that skin cancer is not viewed as the most life-threatening cancer, that is really due to consistent screening and continued vigilance. But despite the best efforts of dermatologists, the numbers above speak for themselves. This year alone, 3000 patients with advanced skin cancer will die as well.

According to a 2013 study carried out by the University of Edinburgh, the authors reported that one-third of melanomas are detected as incidental lesions. In combination with many other studies, the bottom line that remains is this: in-person skin examinations by dermatologists are truly the standard of care and your best chance to detect melanoma early.

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