We all know that cancer is a terrible thing. Cancer alone kills millions of people every year and the number of diagnosis rises each year. It's true that knowledge is power. The more knowledge we have about cancer, the better we can take preventative care and help with early detection. Here are 10 fast facts about skin cancer that you NEED to know.
1. Each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. In 2006, 3.5 million cases were diagnosed in 2.2 million people.
2. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
3. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
4. About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
5. One person dies of melanoma every hour.
6. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
7. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer for males and seventh most common for females.
8. More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking.
9. Just one indoor tanning session increases users’ chances of developing melanoma by 20 percent, and each additional session during the same year boosts the risk almost another two percent.
10. The annual cost of treating skin cancers in the US is estimated at $8.1 billion: about $4.8 billion for non-melanoma skin cancers and $3.3 billion for melanoma.
Knowing these facts about skin cancer can be the difference between life and death. Stay informed and stay-sun safe all year long to decrease your chances of skin cancer.
For more information and facts on skin cancer, head to the Skin Cancer Foundation's website.