5 Surprising Things You Need to Know About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is, in fact, the most common type of cancer. More than one million people are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year. Unfortunately, it is also becoming more common among the younger population. Skin cancer is preventable in most cases, with a little foreknowledge and change of lifestyle. Here are five facts about skin cancer that you may find surprising.

Accounts for Approximately 50% of All Cancers

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among both men and women.

Deadlier for Certain Ethnic Groups

Skin cancer risks are relatively low among Asians, Latinos, and African-Americans; however, it is the most deadly for these ethnic groups. Caucasians are also a high-risk group, with nearly one in three being diagnosed.

Caused by Sun Exposure

More than 90% of non-melanoma cancer cases are caused by exposure to UV rays. These UV rays can affect you in many ways, whether it is from being outdoors, tanning booths, and even from exposure through car or home windows.

Just a Single Sunburn Can Increase Your Risk

A single sunburn with blisters in young children can increase the risk of developing skin cancer later on in life. The risk increases with additional sunburns. In fact, five or more sunburns can increase the risk of developing melanoma by nearly 80%.

More Men Are Diagnosed Than Women

Men are at a higher risk of skin cancer than women. It is also more common in men over the age of 50 than other cancers, including lung, colon, and prostate cancer.

One Person Dies Every Hour from Melanoma

Each year, nearly 8,000 people will die of melanoma. Additionally, nearly 3,000 will die of non-melanoma cancers. Many of these deaths are preventable through prevention and early diagnosis.

Prevention and Early Detection are Important

Taking steps to prevent skin cancers can lower your risks. These steps include avoiding exposure to UV rays, including staying out of the sun and not utilizing tanning booths, and using sunscreen. If you detect any suspicious moles or growths, you should see a physician as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis. When detected early, most skin cancers are curable. If you want to know more about preventing or detecting skin cancers, we invite you to schedule a consultation to discuss your risks.