In the U.S., skin cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer types. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about five million Americans are affected by this cancer type every single year. To stay updated, know some news about skin cancer:
In a 2017 report, findings suggest that the use of tanning devices could be linked to the increased number of skin cancer cases in America. In 2015, there were about 263,600 skin cancer cases linked to indoor tanning usage. In Utah alone, the rate of new melanoma diagnoses between 2001 and 2005 was 37 percent higher than the national average. Due to the high melanoma diagnosis rates, there are many skin cancer treatment clinics such as Brian J. Williams, M.D. in Salt Lake City.
In a 2016 report, researchers found that New Zealand has overtaken Australia as the country with the worst rate of invasive melanoma in the world. The skin cancer rates in Australia have begun its descent in 2005. Unfortunately, New Zealand’s new melanoma diagnoses rates are expected to increase until 2017. Skin cancer experts in New Zealand pointed out that the surge is linked to the government’s lack of commitment to addressing the melanoma rates problems in the past decade.
In a 2016 report from Cancer Research UK, figures found that the melanoma rates among people aged 55 years old and above are increasing. In Britain alone, about 10,000 people who belong in this age bracket have received skin cancer diagnoses every single year. Putting it in perspective, the annual rate during the mid-90s were only 3,100 diagnoses.
In 2017, an artificial intelligence (AI) that can detect skin cancer was developed by Stanford University computer scientists. In an experiment, the AI was able to identify almost the same number of malignant melanomas and carcinomas as the team of 21 dermatologists.
Two of the best ways to protect yourself from skin cancer is to limit sun exposure and avoid using indoor tanning. Staying informed about skin cancer news, diagnoses, prevention, and treatment also helps you stay vigilant against this highly preventable cancer type.