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:
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 obtain as cases of this type of skin cancer are often dealt with in local clinics
, making an accurate picture more difficult to establish.
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