The vast majority of mutations found in melanoma are caused by ultraviolet radiation.
The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but the incidence of melanoma continues to rise significantly.
More than 68,720 melanomas will be diagnosed this year, and the age of those being diagnosed is alarmingly younger.
Melanoma accounts for about three percent of skin cancer cases, but it causes more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths.
Survival with melanoma increased from 49 percent between 1950 and 1954 to 92 percent between 1996 and 2003…because of early detection and treatment.
One person dies of melanoma almost every hour (every 62 minutes) but the good news is that it is almost always curable with early detection.YEARLY plan of action: Get your teeth cleaned. Get your eye exam. Get your skin checked for skin cancer.