The cost of skin cancer treatment in the United States more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, and rose five times faster than treatments for other cancers, a new study found.
“The findings raise the alarm that not only is skin cancer a growing problem in the United States, but the costs for treating it are skyrocketing relative to other cancers,” said study lead author Gery Guy, of the division of cancer prevention and control at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The analysis of national data showed that the average annual number of adults treated for skin cancer increased from 3.4 million in the years 2002-06 to 4.9 million during the years 2007-11.
SkinCancer.org offers the following sobering facts on skin cancer:
• Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.
• Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
• One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
• Over the past 31 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US. BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow. This is the type of skin cancer I had. I have not experienced the other two: squamous cell or the deadly melanoma which killed more than 9,000 people in the U.S. last year and is responsible for 75% of deaths from skin cancer. This Page deals with the basal cell carcinoma variety.
I have had skin cancer surgery three times in the past two years. It appeared first on my face in 2012 and then on my face and my shoulder in 2014. In each instance the cancer was a basal cell carcinoma. I have written about a dozen posts on the subject. The links that follow aren’t everything you wanted to know about skin cancer, but a lot.
I had a lump removed from my cheek two Augusts ago. The biopsy revealed a basal cell carcinoma.
Here are the posts from 2012:
Following are general information on skin cancer:
I went under the knife again on September 11, 2014. Here are the details:
I wrote the following post in 2013 a year after my first surgery:
I wrote the following post in March 2015, six months after my September 2014 surgery: