Melanoma is the Fastest Growing Cancer Type
There has been a 2000% increase in melanoma incidences since 1930. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates 91,270 new cases and 9,320 deaths from melanoma in 2018.
Risk Factors: fair skin, history of sunburn, UV exposure, occupational and family history
Primary Screening: Doctor's examination. 95% accurate in identifying melanoma, but has a high false positive rate of 49%. False positives can lead to anxiety and unnecessary additional testing and expense.
Survival Rates (5 years):
Stage IA and IB - 97-92%
Stage IIA and IIB - 81-70%
Stage IIB and IIC - 70-53%
Stage IIIA and IIIB - 78-59%
Stage IIIC - 40%
Stage IV - 15-20%