skin cancer facts

How Common Is Melanoma?

The American Cancer Society estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2018 are:

  • About 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 55,150 in men and 36,120 in women).
  • About 9,320 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 5,990 men and 3,330 women).

The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years.

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Can Coffee Protect You From Melanoma?

Your morning coffee may do more than perk you up for the day. A recent study discovered the consumption of four cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of malignant melanoma by 20%.

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the world. 1 in 50 Americans will develop melanoma in their lifetime. In 2013, there were an estimated 77,000 new cases of melanoma and about 9,500 deaths from the cancer, according to the study.

Read more about this study here.

Our advice: Get an annual skin screening, practice sun safety all year round and enjoy that fresh cup of brewed coffee!

*According to findings published Jan. 20 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Skin Cancer Facts You NEED to Know!

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