• 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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