skin facts

5 Key Facts About Skin Cancer

1. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.

2. An estimated one in five Americans will develop one of the types of skin cancer (such as melanoma) by age 70.

3. People of all ages can get skin cancer.

4. Skin cancer is most common in people older than 50 and who have a family history of skin cancer. 

5. Most skin cancers can be cured if they're caught early.

*These facts were published on the Skin Cancer Foundation website. 

5 Surprising Skin Cancer Facts Everyone Needs To Know

According to The American Cancer Society, skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Below are 5 surprising skin cancer facts everyone needs to know this summer: 

1. Exposure to tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma, especially in women 45 and younger.

2. Even one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person's chance of developing melanoma. 

3. Melanoma survivors have an approximately nine-fold increased risk of developing another melanoma compared to the general population.

4. Men and women with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing melanoma than people without a nonmelanoma skin cancer history. 

5. Before age 50, melanoma incidence rates are higher in women than in men, but by age 65, rates are twice as high in men. 

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5 Skin Facts Everyone Should Know

We hope you learn something new today because everyone should know these skin facts. Don't forget to protect your skin and reapply!

1. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer worldwide.

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

3. SPF 30 is perfectly fine

...According to the American Academy of Dermatology. This will shield you from 95% of UV light. Don't forget to reapply!

4. Nearly 53% of skin cancers in the US occur on the left

...or aka the side you drive on. It is very important to wear sunscreen while you drive.

5. Using indoor tanning beds before age 35 can increase your risk of melanoma.


1. Skin Cancer Foundation
2. Robinson, JK. Sun exposure, sun protection, and vitamin D. JAMA 2005; 294:1541-43
4. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology via Skin Cancer Foundation
5. American Academy of Dermatology