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Skin Cancer Statistics

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Skin cancer is a kind of polyp-growth originating in the skin and excess exposure to UV (Ultra-Violet) radiations is one of the key causes. This results into development of moles and bumps at the location. These moles and bumps are in an asymmetrical manner and are generally red or pale yellow in color. Skin cancer statistics are calculated on the basis of type of tumor and its widespread throughout the body. The tumor is classified into three types:-

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Malignant melanoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly occurring type of skin cancer amongst all cancers. This tumor tends to appear in the form of bumps and moles. These bumps are generally red or pale yellow in color. Skin sores that bleed and don't get healed easily are the signs of this tumor.

Squamous cell carcinoma occurs generally in the skin which has injuries. These injuries remain for a long time and do not get healed easily. This cancer is generally seen in people who are over 50 years of age.

Malignant cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that develops at a rapid rate. The location of this tumor is very large and sometimes exceeds 6mm which is considered as a severe type of skin cancer.

Skin cancer statistics:-

Skin cancer statistics are as follows:-

  • More than 20 percent of the total skin cancers diagnosed result into detaining the last stages

  • This cancer is mostly observed in men in the age group of 40 to 50 years of age

  • A cancer research in America concludes that 27 males and 35 females over the age group of 75 were diagnosed with this tumor in 2004.

  • Deaths due to skin cancer have been rare as there are advanced treatment options which help to remove the malignant cells and tumor successfully from the body. However, 13,000 deaths still occur due to this cancer. The American Cancer Society states that more than 10,000 deaths are expected this year due to skin cancer.

  • Canadian cancer research shows that more than 85% cases of basal cell carcinoma get detected while more than 60 % cases of malignant cell carcinoma are diagnosed every year.

  • A Cancer research Institute in Australia states that almost 80percent of the newly diagnosed cancers are skin cancers.

  • Melanoma a type of skin cancer is considered as the most common cancer in people in the age-group of 20 to 50 years.

  • Treatment of Skin cancer is considered as the most expensive treatment of all tumors. The average cost of treating this tumor was estimated to be over 250 million in the year 2000.

  • The average expenditure on the treatment of melanoma (the most common type of skin cancer) is expected to be around 25 million in the year 2000.

  • The country that has the highest incidence rate in the world is Australia. Australian cancer research states that Australians have three times more chances of developing this tumor and on an average 4 to 5 people among 100 people are diagnosed with this tumor in their older age

  • Total deaths in America due to this cancer in the year 2001 were 1,279

  • The two most common type of skin cancers diagnosed all over the world are squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma respectively. In 2004, over 750,000 people were diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma whereas over 190,000 people were diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in America

  • American Cancer Society states that the estimated number of deaths this year due to squamous cell carcinoma is 2700 whereas the estimated number of deaths due to basal cell carcinoma is 6300. The overall deaths due to skin cancer are expected to be around 11,000.

  • Malignant melanoma is considered to be the most dangerous type of skin cancer. This tumor is mostly seen in people in the age group of 25 to 30 years of age. This cancer has the highest death rate due to lack of treatment options available.

Skin cancer statistics conclude that this tumor mostly occurs in people who have a lighter skin tone. The best solution to prevent this tumor is to avoid direct exposure to ultraviolet radiations. This can be done by using skin creams that are dermatologist recommended and have a sun protective substance known as SPF. The use of skin cream with minimum SPF 15 is highly recommended to avoid direct exposure to these radiations.

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