War Against Melanoma
• An extimated 76,100 cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the US in
• One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 57 minutes).
• One in 50 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime.
• Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and
second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.
• The survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early before the tumor
has penetrated the skin, is about 99 percent. The survival rate fall to 15 percent for
those with advanced disease.
• The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but the incidence of melanoma
continues to rise at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers.
Between 1992 and 2004, melanoma incidence increased 45 percent, or 3.1 percent
• Women aged 39 and under have a higher probability of developing melanoma than
any other cancer except breast cancer.
• About 86 percent of melanoma cases can be attributed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation
from the sun.
• One or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than double a
person's chances of developing melanoma later in life.
• A person's risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns
at any age.
• Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than
those who have never tanned indoors.
Information on this site was obtained directly from the National Cancer Institute and The Skin Cancer Foundation, two excellent resources for detailed
information about melanoma. For more information, please go to:
National Cancer Institute - http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/melanoma
The Skin Cancer Foundation - http://www.skincancer.org
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