Melanoma Cancer Facts & Symptoms

Skin cancer, or melanoma of the skin, is the fifth most common type of cancer in the United States. Melanoma is often found on areas such as the face, neck, hands, and arms that have been exposed to sunlight. However, it can also be found on other parts of the body.

Melanoma often occurs in individuals that have a fair complexion, use tanning beds, or are exposed to other artificial and excessive natural light.

83.7% of melanoma cases are diagnosed at an early stage.

Melanoma is more likely to occur in men, though it can be found in women as well.

Death from melanoma is most common among middle-aged and elderly adults. There is a better chance of survival if the cancer is localized or found in the part of the body that it originated in.

Prevention and Screening

Head-to-toe self-examinations, and early screenings by your doctor, are recommended. Regular use of sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50%.

 

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