Understanding Skin Cancer
Most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States.1
1 IN 5
Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during his or her lifetime.1
SKIN CANCER RISK FACTORS1
WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM
PREVIOUS SKIN CANCER HISTORY
WARNING SIGNS OF SKIN CANCER2
To identify melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, take note of any new moles or growths that begin to grow or change in the following ways:
Non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell carcinomas (most common form of non-melanoma skin cancer) and squamous cell carcinomas, can appear as:
OPEN SORES THAT COME BACK OR DON'T HEAL
REDDISH, SCALY PATCHES OR IRRITATED AREAS
SHINY BUMPS OR NODULESTHAT MAY BE PIGMENTED
Most skin cancer cases can be cured if caught and treated early when the disease is limited to a small area of the skin. However, if the disease advances by spreading on the skin or into the body, it may have devastating consequences and could become deadly.4,5
people in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma this year.1
people die every year from melanoma skin cancers.1,6
Americans will be diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer this year.3
people die every year from non-melanoma skin cancers.1,6
1. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2016. http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/cancerfactsfigures2016/index Accessed April 15, 2016.
2. Skin Cancer Foundation. Do You Know Your ABCDEs? http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma/melanoma-warning-signs-and-images/do-you-know-your-abcdes#panel1-4. Accessed April 15, 2016.
3. Skin Cancer Foundation. Skin Cancer Facts. http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts. Accessed April 15, 2016.
4. Neville, Julie A., Welch, Erin and Lefell, David J. Management of nonmelanoma skin cancer in 2007. Nature Clinical Practice Oncology. 2007;8:462-469.
5. Skin Cancer Foundation. What Is Melanoma? http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma. Accessed April 15, 2016.
6. American Cancer Society. Key statistics for basal and squamous cell skin cancers. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-basalandsquamouscell/detailedguide/skin-cancer-basal-and-squamous-cell-key-statistics. Accessed April 15, 2016.