Deadly Skin Cancer Rates Rise
Despite years and years of warnings to limit sun exposure, use sunscreen, and avoid tanning beds, rates of melanoma—the most dangerous type of skin cancer—have steadily increased in the United States over the past 30 years. The lifetime risk is currently 1 in 54—up from 1 in 58 in 2009—according to researchers.
The American Cancer Society reports that between 1974 and 2014, there was a 200 percent uptick in cases of deadly melanoma. This year, more than 76,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma and over 10,000 will die from the disease.
In a study recently published in JAMA Dermatology, researchers point to improvements in detecting and diagnosing melanoma earlier. However, mortality rates from the disease are rising faster than detection rates—and that is a serious problem.
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