About Melanoma

Melanoma is the Most Deadly Skin Cancer

Melanoma accounts for about 1% of all skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths.Although melanoma occurs most often on the skin, it can develop in the eye or the lining of the nose, mouth, or genitals.

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Melanoma Affects People of All Ages

  • People under 45 account for 25% of all melanoma cases.
  • Melanoma is the third most common cancer among women aged 20-39 years and the second most common cancer in men aged 20-39 years.1

A Growing Concern

  • Incidence has increased since 1973.2-3
  • It should be noted, however, that although the increase in the rate of melanoma has doubled since 1973 it has been STABLE since 2000.
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5 Year Survival Rate Has Increased

During this same period, there has been a significant rise in overall 5-year survival in patients with melanoma. This may be due to earlier diagnosis, when tumors are still at a thinner depth, as well as improved surgical techniques and treatments.4

Treatment and Survival

  • Treatments are available for all people with melanoma.
  • Melanoma can quickly spread to other parts of the body, so it is important to detect and treat melanoma in its earliest stages.
  • When melanoma is detected and treated in its early stages, the chances for long-term, disease-free survival are excellent.
  • For localized melanoma (84% of all cases), the 5-year survival rate is approximately 97%.2


1. American Cancer Society. “Cancer Facts and Figures 2016”. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2016.
2. Weinstock MA. Epidemiology, etiology, and control of melanoma; American Cancer Society. “Cancer Facts and Figures 2016”. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2016.
3. cancersearchuk.org
4. Lancetrn 2002; 94:1537-1545.

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