Skin Cancer Facts

  • Each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer.
  • Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
  • About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

About Self-examination

  • One of the best ways to ensure skin cancer is picked up early is with a skin cancer self-examination.
  • By checking your skin every month for irregularities that might be early cancer, and bringing those changes to your doctor's attention, you can play a key role in protecting your life.
  • You should do a skin cancer self-examination about once a month.

Sources: WebMD,