10 Facts About Melanoma ....
1.Melanoma is now the fastest growing cancer in the U.S.
2.There have been no significant advances in the medical treatment or survival in the last 30 years.
3.Melanoma cases are increasing at an epidemic rate of 3% a year.
4.In the U.S. there are as many new cases of melanoma each year than there are of aids.
5.There were 59, 000 new cases of melanoma in the U.S. in 2005.
6.Melanoma is the sixth most common cancer in the U. S.
7.Melanoma is the most common cancer in men & women ages 20-29.
8.In women 25-29. melanoma is the primary cause of cancer death, and in women 30-34 it is the second most common cause of cancer death.
9.In the U.S. your chance of getting melanoma in 1940 was 1 in 1500. By 2004, it was 1 in 67..scientists predict in 2010 it will be 1 in 50.
10.If caught in the early stages, melanoma is entirely treatable with a survival rate of nearly 100%. If untreated and allowed to spread, there is no known treatment or cure.
To Learn more about melanoma, visit:
Wikipedia's Melanoma Entry
Survival when superficial melanoma is found and diagnosed early:
Stage 0 (Diagnosis in situ Melanoma)
5 year survival: 100%
10 year survival: 100%
Stage IIIA (Multiple lymph nodes + non-ulcerated primary)
5 year survival: 63-69%
10 year survival: 57-63%
Stage IIIC (Multiple lymph nodes + ulcerated primary)
5 year survival: 24-29%
10 year survival: 15-24%
Stage IV (Major organs)
5 year survival: 7-9%
10 year survival: 3-6%
No significant advances in medical therapies (or survival) for patients with advanced melanoma have occurred in the past 30 years. [NOT cool!!!]
Melanoma currently ranks #8 on the NCI Research funding for cancer list.