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Can you tell me how common skin cancer is?

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Most common cancer: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. And basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer. Squamous cell is 2nd most common. More than 3.5 million cases are diagnoses each year. 1 in 5 americans develop a skin cancer over their lifetime. Melanoma is the most dangerous. One person dies of melanoma every hour. It is the 5th most common cancer in men and the 6th in women.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Mike Bowman answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Common, not deadly: Skin cancer is very common, but thankfully most skin cancers (basal cells and squamous cells) are easily cured and rarely recur if treated appropriately. Early stage melanomas also have a high cure rate. All skin cancers can be dangerous. Look for skin lesions which grow, ulcerate, change color, bleed or cause other problems. Melanomas are recognized by abcd's. If in doubt, go see your doctor.

Answered 3/26/2013

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Dr. Travis Kidner answered

Specializes in Surgical Oncology

Most common cancer: More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 76, 600 cases of skin cancer in 2013.

Answered 4/1/2013

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