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How common is skin cancer?

Elizabeth K. Hale, MD
Dermatology
Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in the course of their lifetime. This risk extends to individuals of all skin types, not just those with fair skin.

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Jeanine B. Downie, MD
Dermatology
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over 2 million people are diagnosed annually. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon combined. 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.
Skin cancer is a growing risk in the United States. Every hour, one American dies of skin cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA statistics are alarming:
  • Since 1930, there has been a 1,800% rise in malignant melanomas.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Worldwide, about one in three cases of cancer is some type of skin cancer. Each year in the United States, over 2 million people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer, and over 68,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed. It is estimated that one in five people in the United States will have some type of skin cancer. The number of skin cancer cases is increasing each year.

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