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Statistics to Encourage Your Loved Ones to Get Checked

  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. More skin cancers are diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined.
  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • One person dies of melanoma every hour.
  • 86% of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to UV radiation from the sun.
  • On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has more than 5 sunburns in their lifetime.
  • Regular use of an SPF 15 or higher reduces the risk of melanoma by 50%.
  • From ages 15-39, men are 55% more likely to die of melanoma than women in the same age group.
  • The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over the age 55.
  • Melanoma rates in the U.S. doubled from 1982 to 2011.

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