As with any cancer, the earlier it is detected, the better the prognosis. This is why it is so important to be skin aware and to protect your skin.
The incidence of malignant melanoma cases has more than quadrupled in the last 30 years with Cancer Research UK stating there were 13,300 cases of malignant melanoma and over 102,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed in 2011. Whilst it is good news that skin cancer survival rates have improved over this period, there are still a significant number of deaths from both types of skin cancer every year.
According to Cancer Research UK, in 2012 there were 2100 deaths in the UK from malignant melanoma. The skin cancer survival rates for this, more dangerous form of skin cancer are shown below:
|2005-2011||1 Yr. Survival Rate||96.5%||97.9%|
|5 Yr. Survival Rate||87.6%||92.4%|
|Predicted||10 Yr. Survival Rate||86%||92%|
Malignant melanoma is disproportionately high in younger people, but they also have the highest probability of longer term survival from the disease. According to Cancer Research UK, skin cancer survival rates are highest in the 15-39 age group and lowest in the 80-99 age group.
|Age Range||Male Survival Rate||Female Survival Rate|
Non melanoma skin cancer is much more common than malignant melanoma.. It’s usually detected at a much earlier stage and is less likely to be life threatening. Accurate statistics about non melanoma skin cancer are difficult to establish as cases of this type of skin cancer are often dealt with in local clinics, making an accurate picture more difficult to establish.
If you have an abnormal mole and would like a SkinCheck, or have already had a diagnosis and would like a second opinion please do get in touch. Our team would be happy to speak to you and offer you advice in the strictest confidence.