Here are some sobering statistics and information on melanoma. Please read and share with everyone who will listen, and be persistent with those who won't. You might save a life.
- Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of the cases, but almost 80% of skin cancer deaths.
- Around 76,250 new cases of melanoma have been/will be diagnosed in 2012. That's a new case every 8 minutes.
- Around 9,180 people will die from melanoma this year.
- The incidence of melanoma has been rising since the late 70s/early 80s.
- Melanoma is not picky about who it strikes. Young or old, black or white...anyone can get melanoma.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared UV radiation (including tanning beds) to be a human carcinogen.
- Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major risk factor for most melanomas. Sunlight is the main source of UV rays. Tanning lamps and beds are also sources of UV rays. People who get a lot of exposure to light from these sources are at greater risk for skin cancer, including melanoma.
- There are no safe UV rays.
- Melanoma is the fastest growing type of cancer...worldwide.
- Your chance of developing melanoma increases by 75% if you used a tanning bed before age 35.
- Your chance of developing melanoma increases by 20% by using a tanning bed just once.
More important information and stats:
From the Melanoma Research Foundation:http://www.melanoma.org/learn-more/melanoma-101/melanoma-statistics-facts
From the National Cancer Institute:http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin
From AIM at Melanoma:http://www.aimatmelanoma.org/en/aim-for-answers/about-melanoma-and-other-lesions/melanoma-statistics.html