Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 1 million people diagnosed every year. It is also the most preventable and, if caught early, most treatable. Yet 10,000 Americans still die of skin cancer every year.
There are many types of skin cancer, with melanoma being the most serious and deadly form. While melanoma accounts for only 3 percent of skin cancer cases, it's responsible for more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths. The good news is that if melanoma is detected early, before the cancer has penetrated the skin, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent. But the survival rate falls to 15 percent for people when the cancer has already spread.
Skin cancer is serious. Skin cancer screenings and regular self-exams can find abnormal skin spots before they become serious or even fatal.
One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Could you be one of them? Find out now.
A skin cancer screening is quick, easy and painless, and can be performed by your family doctor or internist as a routine part of your annual physical.