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 2014 (the most recent year numbers are available—
- 76,665 people in the United States were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin, including 45,402 men and 31,263 women.†
- 9,324 people in the United States died from melanomas of the skin, including 6,161 men and 3,163 women.†
†Data source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2014 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2017. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/uscs.
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.