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Skin Cancer Trends

Note: The word “significantly” below refers to statistical significance. 2011 is the latest year for which data are available.

Incidence Trends

From 2002 to 2011 in the United States, the incidence rate of melanoma of the skin—

Men

  • Increased significantly by 1.5% per year among men.
  • Increased significantly by 1.5% per year among white men.
  • Remained level among black men.
  • Increased significantly by 1.6% per year among Hispanic men.
  • Remained level among American Indian/Alaska Native men.
  • Decreased significantly by 2.4% per year among Asian/Pacific Islander men.

Women

  • Increased significantly by 1.1% per year among women.
  • Increased significantly by 1.6% per year among white women.
  • Remained level among black women.
  • Increased significantly by 1.6% per year among Hispanic women.
  • Remained level among American Indian/Alaska Native women.
  • Remained level among Asian/Pacific Islander women.

Mortality Trends

From 2002 to 2011 in the United States, the death rate from melanoma of the skin—

Men

  • Increased significantly by 0.7% per year among men.
  • Increased significantly by 0.9% per year among white men.
  • Remained level among black men.
  • Remained level among Hispanic men.

The rates could not be calculated for American Indian/Alaska Native and Asian/Pacific Islander men.

Women

Mortality data for women were not presented in the data source tables.

Data source: Kohler, BA, Sherman RL, Howlader N, Jemal, A, Ryerson AB, Henry KA, Boscoe, FP, Cronin KA, Lake A, Noone, A-M, Henley, SJ, Eheman, CR, Anderson, RN, Penberthy, L. Annual report to the nation on the status of cancer, 1975–2011, featuring incidence of breast cancer subtypes by race/ethnicity, poverty, and state. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2015;107(6):djv048.

Note: Hispanic origin is not mutually exclusive from race categories (white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native).

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