Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. More than 1 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are found in the United States each year and it is estimated that 10,850 will die of that disease in 2007. Melanoma, the most deadly of skin cancers, only accounts for about 4 percent of all skin cancer cases, however, it causes about 79 percent of skin cancer deaths.
In Texas, the odds of getting skin cancer are increased. One in three Texans will develop some form of skin cancer. Texas ranks third in the nation for malignant melanoma, the deadliest of all skin cancers.
It is estimated, in Texas, that there will be 3,896 new cases and 547 deaths from skin cancer.
Since most of the melanoma and nonmelanoma cases are directly related to sun-exposure, skin cancer prevention and awareness education could greatly reduce the number of those affected. Listed below is information to assist the physicians and their patients in skin cancer education, prevention, detection and treatment.
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POEP Staff Contact
For more information, call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1469, or (512) 370-1469. Or email POEP.
March 23, 2010