14 Facts About Skin Cancer

1. 90% of all skin cancers occur on faces, ears and hands – those places not covered by clothes. (1)

2. The deadliest form of skin cancer, called “melanoma,” killed 7,800 people in the United States in 2009. (2)

3. One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. (3)

4. Regular use of sunscreen on children can lower their risk of skin cancer by almost 78%. (4)

5. About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancer is caused by ultra-violet exposure. (3)

6. Skin cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all cancers. (5)

7. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1.5 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year.

8. Skin cancer is most deadly for African Americans, Asians, and Latinos. (5)

9. A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any age. (3)

10. One in three Caucasians will be diagnosed with skin cancer. (5)

11. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. (3)

12. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. (3)

13. The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but the incidence of melanoma continues to rise faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers. (3)

14. About 65 percent of melanoma cases can be attributed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. (3)

References:
(1) http://phoenix.about.com/cs/health/a/skincancer01.htm
(2) http://parentingteens.about.com/od/teenwellness/a/tans_teens.htm
(3) http://www.skincancer.org/Skin-Cancer-Facts/
(4) http://video.about.com/babyparenting/Sunscreen-and-SPF.htm
(5) http://cancer.about.com/od/skincancermelanoma/tp/skincancerfacts.htm