SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Skin

Introduction/OverviewShow More

At a Glance

  • Estimated New Cases in 2013 82,770
  • % of All New Cancer Cases5.0%
  • Estimated Deaths in 2013 12,650
  • % of All
    Cancer Deaths
    2.2%
Line graph showing Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000 from 1992-2010

Percent Surviving
5 Years

90.8% 2003-2009

This factsheet focuses on population statistics that are based on the US population. Because these statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. To see tailored statistics, browse the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. To see statistics for a specific state, go to the State Cancer ProfilesExternal Web Site Policy.

The statistics presented in this factsheet are based on the most recent data available, most of which can be found in the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. In some cases, different year spans may be used. Estimates for the current year are based on past data.

Cancer is a complex topic. There is a wide range of information available. This factsheet does not address causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, or decision making, although it provides links to information in many of these areas.

Survival StatisticsShow More

How Many People Survive 5 Years Or More after Being Diagnosed with Skin Cancer?

Relative survivalExternal Web Site Policy statistics compare the survival of patients diagnosed with cancer with the survival of people in the general population who are the same age, race, and sex and who have not been diagnosed with cancer. Because survival statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. No two patients are entirely alike, and treatment and responses to treatment can vary greatly.

90.8%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

90.8%

Based on data from SEER 18 2003-2009. Gray figures represent those who have died from skin cancer. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.

Additional Information

Number of New Cases and DeathsShow More

How Common Is This Cancer?

NEED TEXT.

Common Types of Cancer Estimated New
Cases 2013
Estimated
Deaths 2013
1. Prostate Cancer 238,590 29,720
2. Breast Cancer 232,340 39,620
3. Lung and Bronchus Cancer 228,190 159,480
4. Colon and Rectum Cancer 142,820 50,830
5. Melanoma of the Skin 76,690 9,480
6. Bladder Cancer 72,570 15,210
7. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 69,740 19,020
8. Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer 65,150 13,680
9. Thyroid Cancer 60,220 1,850
10. Endometrial Cancer 49,560 8,190
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N/A Skin Cancer 82,770 12,650

Skin cancer represents 5.0% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.

5.0%

5.0%

In 2013, it is estimated that there will be 82,770 new cases of skin cancer and an estimated 12,650 people will die of this disease.

Who Gets This Cancer

Skin cancer is more common in men than women and among individuals of fair complexion and those who have been exposed to natural or artificial sunlight (such as tanning beds) over long periods of time.

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: Skin Cancer
0.6% under 20; 6.4% 20-34; 9.8% 35-44; 17.2% 45-54; 21.2% 55-64; 19.5% 65-74; 17.6% 75-84; 7.7% 85 and older

Skin cancer rates are highest in people aged 55-64 years.

Median Age
At Diagnosis

62

SEER 18 2006-2010, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Skin Cancer
MalesFemales
  • All Races
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian /
    Pacific Islander
  • American Indian /
    Alaska Native
  • Hispanic
  • Non-Hispanic

SEER 18 2006-2010, Age-Adjusted

For skin cancer, death rates increase with age.

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: Skin Cancer
0.6% under 20; 6.4% 20-34; 9.8% 35-44; 17.2% 45-54; 21.2% 55-64; 19.5% 65-74; 17.6% 75-84; 7.7% 85 and older

Skin cancer deaths are highest in people aged 75-84 years.

Median Age
At Death

71

U.S. 2006-2010, All Races, Both Sexes

Number of Deaths per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity & Sex: Skin Cancer
MalesFemales
  • All Races
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian /
    Pacific Islander
  • American Indian /
    Alaska Native
  • Hispanic
  • Non-Hispanic

U.S. 2006-2010, Age-Adjusted

Trends in RatesShow More

Changes Over Time

Keeping track of the number of new cases, deaths, and survival over time (trends) can help scientists understand whether progress is being made and where additional research is needed to address challenges, such as improving screening or finding better treatments.

Using statistical models for analysis, rates for new skin cancer cases have been rising on average 2.6% each year over the last 10 years. Death rates have been rising on average 0.5% each year over the same period. Survival trends are shown in the figure below.

Additional ResourcesShow More

References

All statistics in this report are based on statistics from SEER and the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. Most can be found within:

Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Neyman N, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Cho H, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2010, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2010/, based on November 2012 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2013.

Suggested Citation

All material in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is appreciated.

SEER Cancer Statistics Factsheets: Skin Cancer. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/urinb.html