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Do you know that...

  • In 2019 in the US, an estimated 96,480 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed, impacting 57,220 men and 39,260 women; In 2019 in the US, an estimated 7,230 deaths from melanoma are expected, comprised of 4,740 men and 2,490 women; 
  • The incidence of melanoma of the skin has risen rapidly over the past 30 years, with the incidence rate of melanoma increasing 3% per year from 2006 to 2015 among men and women ages 50 and older; but the incidence rate was stable in people younger than 50 during this same time period.
  • Melanoma is considered to be the most deadly form of skin cancer and is rising faster than that of any other cancer.
  • In almost all cases, melanoma arises from a previously existing mole, and it may spread to other locations if not treated.
  • In ages 15-29, melanoma is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer.
  • The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over the age of 50.
  • Today, nearly 1 million people live with melanoma in the U.S.
  • The lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 1 in 40 for Caucasians, 1 in 200 for Hispanics and 1 in 1,000 for African Americans.
  • Approximately 500 American Children are diagnosed with melanoma each year.
  • The incidence of people under 30 developing melanoma is increasing faster than any other demographic group, soaring by 50% in women since 1980.
  • Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in young women ages 25-30 and the second leading cause of cancer death in women ages 30-35.
  • Melanoma is not just skin cancer. It can develop anywhere on the body - eyes, scalp, nails, feet, mouth, etc.
  • Melanoma can arise at any age but most commonly occurs after puberty.
  • When melanoma is detected at an early stage, surgical removal cures the disease in most cases.
  • Genetic factors are the most important of known risk factors, including the familiar tendency to develop melanoma, prominent moles, and atypical moles
  • Nearly 90% of melanomas are thought to be caused by exposure to UV light and sunlight.
  • It takes only one blistering sunburn, especially at a young age, to more than double a person's chance of developing melanoma later in life.
  • You can help prevent melanoma by seeking shade whenever possible, wearing protective clothing, avoiding direct sunlight between 10am-4pm and using broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 every day.
  • Exposure to tanning beds before age 30 increases a person's risk of developing melanoma by 75%.
  • Young people who regularly use tanning beds are 8 times more likely to develop melanoma than people who have never used them.
  • Research has found that indoor tanning does not protect against sunburn.