SKIN CANCER FACTS
- Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.
- Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
- Over the past 31 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
- Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans.
- Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US. BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow.
- Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.
- Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.
- About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
- Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers increased by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006.
The Clevens Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery offers many different options for skin cancer removal. When removing a cancer on the face, Dr. Clevens performs the MOHS technique. Mohs Micrographic Surgery, an advanced treatment procedure for skin cancer, offers the highest potential for recovery —up to 95 percent even if other forms of treatment have failed. This procedure, the most exact and precise method of tumor removal minimizes the chance of regrowth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement. Surgical skill and experience are critical to a successful outcome and you can rest assured that you are in excellent hands with Dr. Ross A. Clevens, Brevard’s Facial Plastic Surgeon.
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