Skin Cancer Survival Rates

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 15,419 cases of malignant melanoma and over 131,772 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed in 2014. 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 2014 there were 2459 deaths in the UK from malignant melanoma. The skin cancer survival rates for this, more dangerous form of skin cancer are shown below:

Analysis Period Period Men Women
2010-2011 1 Yr. Survival Rate 96.5% 97.9%
5 Yr. Survival Rate 87.6% 92.4%
Predicted 10 Yr. Survival Rate 86.0% 92.1%

Malignant melanoma survival rates and age


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, 5-year skin cancer survival rates are highest in the 15-39 age group for patients diagnosed during 2009-2013.

Age Range Male Survival Rate Female Survival Rate
15-39 91.91% 96.98%
40-49 91.0% 95.1%
50-59 86.8% 93.42%
60-69 85.5% 92.2%
70-79 80.9% 90.94%
80-99 82.2% 84.2%

Non melanoma skin cancer survival rates


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.

Are you worried about skin cancer?


If you have an abnormal mole and would like a SkinCheck, or have already had a diagnosis and would like an appointment for OneStop mole removal please get in touch. Our team would be happy to speak to you and offer you advice in the strictest confidence.

If you are concerned that you have Skin Cancer, you should speak to a medical professional as soon as possible.

With SkinHealth UK, you can book an appointment with a specialist nurse at a clinic near you, and have your results within 5 days of your appointment.

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