Over a recent four-decade period, there was a nearly eight-fold increase in the overall incidence of skin cancer among middle-aged U.S. men and women. More specifically, the incidence of skin cancer among Caucasian, non-Hispanic adults ages 40 to 60 increased 4.5-fold among men and 24-fold among women. In particular, women between the ages of 40 and 50 showed the highest rates of increase seen in any group, while women aged 50 years and older displayed a significant increase in melanoma. Most attribute this increase to the popularity of tanning beds, beginning in the 1980s. If there is any good news to report, it is that the overall chances of surviving melanoma increased by 7% for each year of the study.
Although it is encouraging news that the chances of surviving melanoma have improved in recent years, skin cancer is still a serious threat to your well-being. You can help protect yourself by paying close attention to unusual changes in your skin. If you have any questions or concerns, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGYat 630-832-2111to schedule a consultation. We have many options for treating skin cancer and other skin conditions. Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, where we welcome new patients. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.
Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist
P.S. Melanoma affects 75,000 Americans and results in nearly 9,000 deaths annually.