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Skin Cancer Statistics

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The following statistics refer to melanomas of the skin. Non-epithelial skin cancers, which are not reflected below, represent 7% of skin cancers that are tracked by central cancer registries. These statistics also do not include data for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, which are not tracked by central cancer registries.

In 2011 (the most recent year numbers are available—
  • 70,853 people in the United States were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin, including 41,573 men and 29,280 women.*†
  • 12,212 people in the United States died from melanomas of the skin, including 8,241 men and 3,971 women.*†

*Incidence counts cover about 99% of the U.S. population; death counts cover about 100% of the U.S. population. Use caution when comparing incidence and death counts.

†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2014.

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Skin Cancer Facts for Your State
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and CDC have written fact sheets that give state-specific information about skin cancer incidence and prevention.

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