Skin Cancer Facts
Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Facts

Did you know?

Over 3 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in America this year.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Skin cancer affect more people than all other cancers combined.

More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour.

Research estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color.

Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans. 

About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun 

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common forms of skin cancer, are highly curable if detected early and treated properly  

Skin Cancer

Skin cancers are cancers that arise from the skin. They are due to the development of abnormal cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body.

What is a basal cell cancer?

Basal-cell carcinoma (BCC), also known as basal-cell cancer, is the most common type of skin cancer. It often appears as a painless raised area of skin, which may be shiny with small blood vessels running over it; or it may present as a raised area with ulceration. Basal cell cancers arise from abnormal, uncontrolled growth of basal cells.

What is a squamous cell cancer?

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. It's usually found on areas of the body damaged by UV rays from the sun or tanning beds. Sun-exposed skin includes the head, neck, chest, upper back, ears, lips, arms, legs, and hands. SCC is a fairly slow-growing skin cancer.