10 Things to Know About Skin Cancer

woman on the beach  300x200 10 Things to Know About Skin Cancer PhotoWhen it comes to skin cancer, we know we should use sunscreen and avoid tanning beds to prevent it, but there’s a lot more to the disease than that.

Here are 10 things everyone should know about skin cancer.

  1. In the United States, 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives.
  2. There are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined each year.
  3. The cost of treating skin cancer in the United States is $8.1 billion per year.  
  4. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It’s typically very treatable.
  5. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer; one person dies from it every hour.
  6. A person’s risk for melanoma doubles after five or more sunburns.
  7. More than 419,000 skin cancer cases are linked to indoor tanning each year.
  8. Brazil and Australia have completely banned indoor tanning. Other countries and some U.S. states have banned their use by people under the age of 18.
  9. While the majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over 55, children can develop it as well. In fact, melanoma is responsible for 3 percent of all pediatric cancers.
  10. Skin cancer is largely preventable by limiting exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

Find the resources you need to talk to your doctor about skin cancer diagnosis and treatment options with our care guide.