Melanoma Skin Cancer Overview

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How many people get melanoma skin cancer?

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for melanoma skin cancer in the United States for 2015 are:

  • About 73,870 new cases of melanoma
  • About 9,940 deaths from melanoma

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of skin cancers. But it causes most skin cancer deaths.

The number of new cases of melanoma in the United States has been rising for at least 30 years.

Overall, the lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 1 in 40 for whites, 1 in 1,000 for blacks, and 1 in 200 for Hispanics. But each person’s risk is also affected by other factors.

Unlike many other common cancers, melanoma occurs in both younger and older people. But the risk goes up with age.

Last Medical Review: 05/01/2015
Last Revised: 05/18/2015