Skin Cancer, Skin Health, Sun Protection/Damage
Skin Cancer: How Common Is It?
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This is sobering: melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the world.

In the last 20 years, the incidence of melanoma has more than tripled among those with fair skin. Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers are also on the rise among those with darker skin tones, especially outdoor sport enthusiasts and those who work outdoors and do not use sunscreen. More importantly, melanoma in darker skin is often discovered late, upping the mortality rate.

Unlike most cancers that affect the elderly, melanoma affects many young people. In the 25-29 age group it is the most common form of cancer.

In the 15-29 age group it is the second most common cancer.

Daily prevention and protection can help. Schedule an annual skin cancer screening with your doctor and observe changes in moles and pigmentations. A new tool that is proving valuable at early detection is mole mapping.
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