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In The Know: 10 Melanoma Facts

 10 Melanoma Facts - SunBuddy Lotion Applicator

  1. One person dies of melanoma every hour.
     
  2. One in 50 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime.
     
  3. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 yeras old.
     
  4. The survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early, before the tumor has penetrated the skin, is about 99%.  The survival rate fails to 15% for those with advanced disease.
     
  5. Melanoma accounts for only 4% of cases of skin cancer – but an astounding 80% of deaths from skin cancer.
     
  6. Woman aged 39 and under have a higher probability of developing melanoma than any other cancer except breast cancer.
     
  7. About 65 percent of melaoma cases can be attributed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
     
  8. A person's risk for melanoma doubles if he or she had had more than five sunburns at any age.
     
  9. The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over aged 50.
     
  10. Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men, along with liver cancer and esophageal cancer.

Data courtesy of skincancer.org, cdc.gov, and melanoma.com.