North Bay Dermatology
106 Lynch Creek Way, Ste 8
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: (707) 763-6816
Fax: (707) 763-1730
Your are at Risk:
You are at Special Risk of Melanoma:
If you have had more than 2 blistering sunburns
If you have blonde or red hair
If you have blue, green or hazel heys
If you spent your summers in the sun during adolcense
If you have an outdoor occupation such as agriculture, construction, fishing or mining
If you have a history of skin cancer
The Key to Life Saving Thearapy is early detection and treatment.
If you have had a melanoma
If any members of your immediate family has had melanoma
If you have more than 25 moles
If you have irregular or atypical moles
From the American Academy of Dermatology 930 North Meacham Road Schaumburg, IL 60173-4965
Substantially more than 1 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year. 1
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the two most common forms of skin cancer, but are easily treated if detected early. 1
Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. 2
The incidence of melanoma has been steadily increasing for the past 30 years. Since 1992, melanoma has increased 3.1 percent annually in non-Hispanic Caucasians, but in recent years it is increasing more rapidly in young white women (3.8 percent since 1995) and men age 65 and older (8.8 percent since 2003). 1,3
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old. 4
Melanoma is increasing faster in females 15-29 years old than males in the same age group. In females 15-29 years old, the torso is the most common location for developing melanoma, which might be due to high-risk tanning behaviors. 4
Melanoma in individuals 10-39 years old is highly curable, with five-year survival rates exceeding 90 percent. 4
One in 58 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime. Caucasians and men older than 50 years of age are at a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population. 5
It is estimated that there will be about 121,840 new cases of melanoma in 2009 — 53,120 noninvasive ( in situ ) and 68,720 invasive (39,080 men and 29,640 women). 1
One American dies of melanoma almost every hour (every 61 minutes). In 2009, 8,650 deaths will be attributed to melanoma — 5,550 men and 3,100 women. 1
The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 65,161 people a year worldwide die from too much sun, mostly from malignant skin cancer. 6
People with more than 50 moles, atypical moles, or a family history of melanoma are at an increased risk of developing melanoma. 1
About 75 percent of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma. 1
The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 99 percent. 1
Five-year survival rates for regional and distant stage melanomas are 65 percent and 15 percent, respectively. 1
In 2004, the total direct cost associated with the treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer was $1.5 billion. 7
The American Cancer Society recommends a skin cancer-related checkup and counseling about sun exposure as part of any periodic health examination for men and women beginning at age 20. 1
Individuals with a history of melanoma should have a full body exam at least annually and perform regular self-exams for new and changing moles. 8
1 American Cancer Society. 2009 Cancer Facts and Figures
2 Robinson JK. Sun Exposure, Sun Protection, and Vitamin D. JAMA 2005; 294:1541-43.
3 Linos E, Swetter S, Cockburn MG, Colditz GA, Clarke CA. Increasing burden of melanoma in the United States. J Invest Derm. 8 January 2009 doi:10.1038/jid.2008.423.
4 Cancer Epidemiology in Older Adolescents & Young Adults . SEER AYA Monograph Pages 53-57. 2007.
5 Melanoma of the Skin , Cancer Fact Sheets, National Cancer Institute, SEER database, 2007. http://seer.cancer.gov .
6 World Health Organization, Solar ultraviolet radiation: Global burden of disease from solar ultraviolet radiation. Environmental Burden of Disease Series, N.13. 2006.
7 Bickers DR, Lim HW, Margolis D et al. The burden of skin diseases: 2004 a joint project of the American Academy of Dermatology Association and the Society for Investigative Dermatology. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2006; 55: 490-500.
8 Berg A. Screening for skin cancer. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force , 2007.