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Skin Cancer: Gender & Ethnicity

No matter your age, gender, or ethnicity, it is important to take precaution when you are in the sun. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than two million people diagnosed every year. An astonishing one in five Americans will develop the disease in the course of their lifetime. Men and women and different ethnic groups are all affected by skin cancer, but in different numbers and different types.

Men vs. Women

According to SCF statistics, about 45,000 new cases of invasive melanoma in men, and 32,000 in women, will be diagnosed in the United States in 2013. Of those diagnosed with this form of melanoma, about 6,000 men and 3,000 women will die. Men also fare worse when it comes to lifetime averages of developing skin cancer with one in 35 men developing it in their lifetime. In women, that number is one in 54.

By Ethnicity

Not all skin cancers are the same, and not all ethnicities are affected by the disease in the same way. Certain skin cancers are more prominent in certain ethnic groups, which all occur with different symptoms. For example, skin cancer represents approximately two to four percent of all cancers in Asians and one to two percent of all cancers in African Americans. Melanomas in African Americans, Asians, Filipinos, Indonesians, and native Hawaiians most often occur on non-exposed skin with less pigment, with up to 60 to 75 percent of tumors arising on the palms, soles, mucous membranes, and nails. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer in Caucasians, Hispanics, and Asians. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer among African Americans and Asian Indians.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

No matter your age, gender, or ethnicity, it is important to take precaution when you are in the sun. Wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours. Also be sure to examine your skin on a regular basis for any unusual sun spots or markings. Drexel Dermatology offers comprehensive services for all skin care conditions and concerns. These conditions include skin cancer, moles and birthmarks, as well as cosmetic and pediatric dermatology. Schedule an appointment with a Drexel Dermatologist today!

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.


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