Resources

Take a moment to check out some helpful resources we’ve assembled to educate you more about skin cancer.

Avoid the Temptation of Tanning Beds
In 2009, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared artificial tanning devices to be known carcinogens. Such equipment was added the WHO’s Group 1 list, which includes chemicals/devices which are deemed the most harmful and are known to be cancer causing in humans. Studies since that time have confirmed that the use of tanning equipment increases the risk for developing all common types of skin cancer. Most notably, tanning beds increase the risk of malignant melanoma of the skin or eyes by more than 75%. This risk has anecdotally been noted to be the most prevalent in young women.

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Ups Risk for Other Cancers
By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter

More Young Women Get Skin Cancer
Study Shows Increase in Melanoma Among Young Women
By Kelley Colihan, WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Scent of Skin Cancer Discovered
ScienceDaily

Teenage Girls Aren’t the Only Ones Who Tan Indoors; Older Adults Do So As Well
 Science Daily


Skin Cancer Quick Facts

  • More than half of all new cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S. annually are skin cancers
  • One person in five will develop skin cancer during their life.
  • Five sunburns make it twice as likely you will develop skin cancer.
  • Tanning beds don’t offer a safe solution. Studies have confirmed that the use of tanning equipment increases the risk for developing all common types of skin cancer
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer diagnosed than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined
  • The most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. There are more than one million new cases diagnosed each year in the U.S.
  • The most serious form of skin cancer is melanoma, diagnosed in approximately 60,000 persons each year
  • An estimated 8,100 people will die annually of melanoma, about one person every hour
  • Melanoma is the second leading cause of death in women ages 15-29 in the United States, accounting for about 3,000 of each year’s melanoma deaths

MORE GENERAL FACTS

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.

Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.2

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

Over the past 31 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

Nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma and 13 million are living with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, typically diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma.

Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans.6 Approximately 65 percent of all squamous cell carcinomas arise in lesions that previously were diagnosed as actinic keratoses. In patients with a history of two or more skin cancers, 36 percent of basal cell carcinomas arise in lesions previously diagnosed as actinic keratoses.7

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US.  BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer.9 An estimated 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US,resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.2

Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.1

About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers increased by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006.