Melanoma Rates Have Doubled
Melanoma rates have doubled in the U.S. during the past 30 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The CDC analyzed 2011 melanoma incidence and mortality data, and projected estimates for future incidence and mortality rates as well as costs of treatment for new diagnoses over the next 15 years. It found that rates of the cancer has risen from 22.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2011, compared to only 11.2 cases per 100,000 in 1982.
The report revealed that in 2011, 65,647 cases of invasive melanoma were diagnosed in the US and 9,128 melanoma deaths occurred. Agency officials pointed out that that increase in melanoma has occurred while rates for most other cancers have declined.
The CDC said that implementing a comprehensive skin cancer prevention program could prevent around 20 percent of melanoma cases between 2020 and 2030--equivalent to around 21,000 cases a year. It estimated that could result in $250 million a year in savings on melanoma treatment.
About 90 percent of melanoma cases are caused by exposure to the sun's UV rays.