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Posted: May 25, 2012

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Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States. Here are some statistics.

  • There are more than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed and 2.2 million people treated in the U.S. each year.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that 76,250 cases of melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) will be diagnosed in 2012 in the United States, and 9,180 people will die from the disease.
  • Melanoma incidence rates have been increasing for at least 30 years. Since 2004, incidence rates among whites have been increasing by almost 3% per year in both men and women.
  • Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
  • Sunburns during childhood increase the risk of melanoma and other skin cancers later in life.
  • Melanoma is now one of the most common cancers among young adults ages 15-29.

To minimize the harmful effects of too much UV exposure, the National Council advocates that comprehensive protection from UV radiation should be a life-long, year-round practice for everyone.