50 Things Dermatologists Should Know About Skin Cancer

Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in young adults

Melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer, accounting for only 1 percent of all cases, but it has the highest mortality rate. Once it has spread to other parts of the body, it has a 10 to 15 percent survival rate. However, the survival rate increases the earlier it is diagnosed. If caught before it reaches the lymph nodes, the survival rate is over 90 percent, so keep up with your checkups.

The other types are also not good for you.

Just because AK, BCC, and SCC aren’t normally deadly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about them. People with squamous cell carcinoma have an increased risk of death from any cause compared to the general population, according to a report published in the  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology  . About 4,420 people were expected to die in 2019 from non-melanoma skin cancers in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Your risk of contracting it is almost completely under your control

Skin cancer is the most preventable and yet the most overlooked, says Dr. Barr. In fact, taking a few simple preventative steps can reduce your risk of getting any type of skin cancer by nearly 80 percent.

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