Facts About Skin Cancer

Facts About Skin Cancer | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Facts About Skin Cancer

Nothing is scarier than the “Big C,” and the Skin Cancer Foundation has some startling facts about the various types of skin cancers. Spectrum Dermatology encourages everyone to schedule an annual skin check and take precautions when it comes to minimizing sun damage. According to the Foundation, 90 percent of aging is caused by sun damage, but aging is just one reason to slather on the sunscreen (and re-apply every two hours).

Skin Cancer and Melanoma

Over 5.4 million non-melanoma skin cancer instances are treated every year in the US alone. That’s over 3.3 million people. In the US, there are more skin cancer diagnoses than every other type of cancer combined. Twenty percent of Americans will have some form of skin cancer by the time they turn seventy, and if you have actinic keratosis (considered “pre-cancer”), it’s doubly important to stick with your skin check regimen. Over 58 million Americans are estimated to have pre-cancer.

Since 1994, nonmelanoma skin cancer diagnoses and treatments have increased 77 percent—even though knowledge of skin cancer has also increased. Around 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are linked to UV exposure. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common types of skin cancer, and there are 4.3 million cases in the US every year. This leads to around 3,000 deaths per year. Next up is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) with one million cases in the US each year. However, it’s deadlier and is connected to 15,000 annual deaths. If you’re an organ transplant patient, you are 100 times more likely to develop SCC. Use sunscreen daily to reduce your risk of developing SCC by up to 40 percent.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of any cancer, and every hour someone in the world dies of it. In the past ten years, there’s been a 53 percent increase in the diagnoses of melanoma. About 9,300 people die in the US each year from melanoma, and the majority are men.

Prevent Melanoma With Great Sunscreen! Contact Spectrum Dermatology

However, there is good news. Sunscreen is the number one way to minimize your risk of skin cancer, and it’s never too late to start. Annual skin checks are paramount for early diagnosis and treatment. Schedule your skin check today by calling Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400.