Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers.  Melanoma accounts for less the 2% of skin cancer cases but will cause the majority of skin cancer deaths.

The American Cancer Society estimates for Melanoma in the United States for 2014:

  • About “76,100” new Melanoma will be diagnosed (about 43,890 in men and 32,210 in women).
  • About “9,710” people are expected to die of Melanoma (about 6,470 men and 3,240 women). That is an average of “26” per day.
  • The rates of Melanoma have been continuing to rise for at least 30 years. Melanoma is 20 times more common in whites then African Americans or Hispanics. Overall, the lifetime risk of getting Melanoma is about 2% (1 in 50) for whites, 0.1% (1 in 1,000) for blacks, and 0.5% (1 in 200) for Hispanics.
  • According to current estimates, 40% to 50% of Americans will have skin cancer at least once by the time they are age 65.
  • Each year, more than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer.
  • Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of skin cancers but causes 79% of all skin cancer-related deaths.
  • THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION estimates more then 65,000 people worldwide will die from Melanoma in 2014…that is an average of “178” per day.
  • Skin cancer kills more women under the age of 30 than any other form of cancer including breast and ovarian cancer.
  • One person dies every hour from melanoma.
  • Melanoma risk has doubled in the last 10 years.
  • About 10% of all people with melanoma have a family history of melanoma.
  • Your chance in skin cancer jumps by 75% if you use tanning beds before the age of 30.
  • The sun is about 80% stronger when reflected off sand and snow.
  • The sun’s rays increase in intensity about 4% for every 1,000-foot rise in altitude.
  • The sun weakens the immune system, reducing your defense against infection.