Skin Cancer Information

  •  Three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma is the most common and squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common, and melanoma is less common, though more dangerous, than the first two varieties. (John P. Cunha)
  •  Skin cancer is a common and locally destructive cancerous growth of the skin. (John P. Cunha) 
  •  Doctor Maritza Perez said, "Yes, anyone can get skin cancer."   
  •  Bernard Cohen, M.D. a Professor of Dermatology said, a burn at age 25 is not as damaging as a burn at the tender age of 4 so we have a critical window in childhood to minimize life-time risk. 
  •  Claire Maire had a mole on her ankle, which developed into melanoma when she was just 14. Claire, died of melanoma at age 17
  •  Most skin cancers are associated with ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. (Maritza Perez)  
  •  Nonmelanoma skin cancer rates in teens are on the rise. (Moffitt Cancer) 
  •  Tanning devices have 2.5 times the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma. (Moffitt Cancer) 
  •  37% of teenage girls and 11% of boys have used an indoor tanning booth at least once in their life, and 28% and 7% of girls and boys, respectively, have used them three or more times a week. (WebMD) 
  •  About 2,800 people will die of non-melanoma skin cancer and about 8,000 will die of melanoma in the U.S. this year. (Joan Lunden)
  •  An estimated 6,380 men and 3,350 women in the U.S. will die from melanoma in 2017. (Skin Cancer Foundation)                   
  •  The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 99 percent.  (AAD)