More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed in the United States every year. An equal opportunity cancer, skin cancer can affect people of any race, sex or age. In fact, melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the second most common cancer in women aged 20 to 29.
The good news is that when detected early, skin cancer has an almost 100 percent five-year survival rate. Research shows that most skin cancers are found by an individual. When people regularly check their skin for suspicious moles or lesions, they can literally save their own lives. However, it can be something that people overlook because they don’t have the knowledge or tools to perform monthly skin self exams.
Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers. Estimates vary on its occurrence but it is estimated that approximately 7,000,000 Americans develop skin cancer every year.