Skin Cancer Fact Sheet
American Cancer Society 2003
- Nearly half of all new cancers are skin cancers.
- More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States
- About 80 percent of the new skin cancer cases will be basal cell carcinoma, 16 percent
are squamous cell carcinoma, and 4 percent are melanoma.
- Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma have a better than 95 percent
cure rate if detected and treated early.
- An estimated 9,800 people will die of skin cancer this year, 7,600 from melanoma and
2,200 from other skin cancers.*
- There will be about 91,900 new cases of melanoma in 2003 - 37,700 in situ (noninvasive) and 54,200 invasive (29,900 men and 24,300 women).* This is a 4 percent increase in new cases of melanoma from 2002.
- In 2003, at current rates one in 39 Americans have a lifetime risk of developing melanoma and one in 67 Americans have a lifetime risk of developing invasive melanoma.
- One person dies of melanoma every hour. In 2003, 7,600 deaths will be attributed to
melanoma - 4,700 men and 2,900 women.*
- Older Caucasian males have the highest
mortality rates from melanoma.
- The incidence of melanoma more than tripled among Caucasians between 1980 and 2003.
- More than 77 percent of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma.
- Melanoma is more common than any non-skin cancer among women between 25 and
29 years old.
- Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in men and the seventh most common
cancer in women.* **
*Source: American Cancer Society's 2003 Facts & Figures
**Excluding basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, which together are the most common cancers in both sexes.
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