Statistics show information about large groups of people. Because no two people are alike, statistics can't be used to predict what will happen to one person. But they can help you understand a larger picture. Here are some statistics about melanoma and skin cancer:
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer.
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common types of skin cancer.
Melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer.
About 76,100 people in the U.S. will get melanoma this year.
Rates of melanoma have been increasing for at least 30 years.
Before age 40, melanoma is more common in women than in men. After 40, rates are higher in men than in women.
Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of all skin cancers, but it causes most skin cancer deaths. About 9,710 people will die from melanoma this year.
Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)