Melanoma of the Skin Statistics
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Central cancer registries collect data on melanoma of the skin and nonepithelial skin cancers such as Merkel cell carcinoma. Data on basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the most common types of skin cancer, are not normally collected by central cancer registries.
An examination of Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data suggests that each year, about 6.1 million adults are treated for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas at a cost of about $8.9 billion.
Sunburn and UV Protective Behaviors
National survey data about sun protection, indoor tanning, and sunburn are collected through the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (for U.S. high school students) and the National Health Interview Survey (for U.S. adults aged 18 or older). Relevant results are available online, including—