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Quick Facts About Skin Cancer
- Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers.
- The number of skin cancer patients is growing steadily.
- Estimates of Americans diagnosed with skin cancer each year range from 700,000 to one million.
- Half of all Americans will experience skin cancer at least once before the age of 65.
- The average age of patients diagnosed with skin cancer is dropping, from 50 to 40 years old.
- Approximately 75 percent of damage to your skin from the sun happens by the time you are 20 years old.
- More than 90 percent of all skin cancer cases are due to overexposure to sunlight.
- Skin cancer is believed to result from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation.
- Nearly 90 percent of skin cancers are preventable, and if detected early, are highly curable.
- There are two types of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma. More than 80 percent of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma.
- In the United States, the number of new cases of melanoma (a type of malignant skin cancer) has more than doubled in the past 20 years.
- Florida has the second highest rate of melanoma cases in the nation. The top four states are (1) California, (2) Florida, (3) Texas and (4) New York.
- Genetics are considered one of the greatest known risk factors for skin cancer, including a genetic predisposition for melanoma and bearing numerous moles.
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Ralph Massullo, MD, Lecanto - successfully elected to the Florida House of Representatives in November 2017 and serves in House District 34. This district includes all of Citrus County and a portion of Hernando County.