July 22, 2018
The Rising Rate of Melanoma
Wellness Tip

The Rising Rate of Melanoma

by Berkeley Wellness  

The incidence of melanoma is expected to keep climbing in the U.S., warns a new report from the CDC, unless more people avoid sun expo­sure, the primary cause of this skin cancer, which kills about 9,000 Americans a year. The rate doubled between 1982 and 2011—and will nearly double again by 2030 (to 112,000 cases a year), though fewer people are expected to die from it, thanks to earlier detec­tion and improved treatment.

Implementing comprehensive skin cancer prevention pro­grams similar to SunSmart in Australia—to raise awareness about the risk of sun exposure and encourage institutional policy changes—would prevent about 230,000 melanoma cases between 2020 and 2030, the report concluded.

See also: How to Perform a Skin Exam.