Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. It is important to be screened annually by a skilled physician who can spot worrisome spots and moles. Let Dr. Hubbell, a board certified dermatologist, diagnose and offer treatment options for your skin cancer. Even if you’re unsure if you have skin cancer, have our dermatology team in Lafayette, LA give it a look to make sure. If skin cancer goes undiagnosed, it can cause more trouble down the line.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
- Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US.
- BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow.
- Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US.
- Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either BCC or SCC at least once.
- About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
- Melanoma accounts for less than five percent of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths.
- 1 in 50 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin during their lifetime.
- About 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun
- Survivors of melanoma are about nine times as likely as the general population to develop a new melanoma.
- Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.
- A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns at any age.