The incidence of melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — has doubled over the past three decades in the United States, and it will continue to increase unless we change our sun-worshipping ways.
That’s the sober news from a new Vital Signs study published earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It’s particularly sobering here in Minnesota, which has one of the highest melanoma incidence rates in the country.
The CDC study found that in 2011, the latest year with complete data, the melanoma incidence rate was 22.7 per 100,000 Americans, up from 11.2 per 100,000 in 1982.
In 2011, 65,647 cases of invasive melanoma were diagnosed in the U.S. and 9,128 people died from the disease.
More than 90 percent of melanoma cases are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. (Source)