Everything You Need To Know About Skin Cancer (Infographic)

Summer brings bright sun and warm weather. To celebrate, we trade sweaters and boots for tank-tops and sandals. After being cooped up all winter long, it feels great to shed these heavy layers and feel the sun on our skin.

Although it may feel good, too much time in the direct sunlight can be hazardous to our health, however.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, and accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 2 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are found in this country each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 75,000 cases of skin cancer in 2012.

To ensure that you don’t become part of these frightening statistics, check out the infographic below:

The Truth About Skin Cancer
Source: ReuseThisBag.com

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Sunscreen Ingredients May Increase Skin Cancer Risk
New Skin Cancer Risk For Kids
ABC’s of Skin Cancer Warning Signs

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35 comments

Jeramie D.
Jeramie D.2 years ago

Just had MOHS surgery yesterday for a basal cell carcinoma on my nostril. Just saying that it really looked like nothing but a bump that I had not seen before and even the doctor was surprised how deep and spread it was. 50 stitches and a skin graft later, I can truly appreciate how scary skin cancer can be, and disfiguring. I was never a sun worshipper, but this is accumulative UV damage and living at high altitude really increases UV damage. Please check out any bump that doesn't go away or shouldn't or wasn't there before.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Prosonjit S.
Prosonjit S.3 years ago

II have a scar on my right cheek from a large mole removed when I was three years old. It was itchy and the bumpy red part bled when scratched. Turns out it was Basal Cell Carcinoma.

Alicia N.
Alicia N.3 years ago

Well explained-thanks

Abbe A.
Azaima A.3 years ago

but the sun block manufacturers will not be happy

Lean Towards Y.
Past Member 3 years ago

Since knowing someone who has undergone surgery for skin cancer, I now take precautions and don't worship the sun anymore. It's an awful disease, which we can hopefully avoid with proper care.

Audra W.
Audra W.3 years ago

So many of my older guy friends have had skin cancer and all admit to never wearing sunblock. All people (especially white) should wear sunblock because the sun is more harmful these days than ever because of the depletion of ozone layer. I'm darker skinned and I wear sunblock constantly even when I'm driving.

Fenton Y.
Fenton Y.3 years ago

Thank for the informative article!

Turid K.
Past Member 3 years ago

Life is not easy!
We are told NOT to stay out in the sun with sun lotion longer than our skin can tolerate without sun lotion. For a white,very white person this is a short time. Less than an hour for most white people. For many only 20 minutes.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Thanks for posting.