SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Skin
At a Glance
- Estimated New Cases in 2013 82,770
- Estimated Deaths in 2013 12,650
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 Profiles.
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 survival 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.
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.
Number of New Cases and DeathsShow More
How Common Is This Cancer?
|Common Types of Cancer||Estimated New
|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|
|8.||Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer||65,150||13,680|
Skin cancer represents 5.0% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.
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.
Skin cancer rates are highest in people aged 55-64 years.
SEER 18 2006-2010, All Races, Both Sexes
- All Races
- Asian /
- American Indian /
SEER 18 2006-2010, Age-Adjusted
Who Dies From This Cancer?
For skin cancer, death rates increase with age.
Skin cancer deaths are highest in people aged 75-84 years.
U.S. 2006-2010, All Races, Both Sexes
- All Races
- Asian /
- American Indian /
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.
|5-Year Relative Survival||82.6%||84.5%||86.6%||88.0%||90.0%||89.2%||91.7%||92.8%|
SEER 9 Incidence & U.S. Mortality 1975-2010, All Races, Both Sexes
Additional ResourcesShow More
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.
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