If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with melanoma, Roswell Park’s melanoma team is here for you. We believe every patient is unique and we approach cancer treatment on an individual and personal basis, treating the whole person, not just the cancer. Our melanoma experts will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs.
Melanoma and Skin Cancer
- Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer.
- Melanoma is a cancer that usually starts in a certain type of skin cell and is the most serious type of skin cancer. The 3 main types of cells in the top layer of the skin (called the epidermis) are Squamous cells, basal cells and Melanocytes.
- About 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 55,150 in men and 36,120 in women).
- About 9,320 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 5,990 men and 3,330 women).
- The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years.
- Melanoma is more than 20 times more common in whites than in African Americans.
- The lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 2.6% (1 in 38) for whites, 0.1% (1 in 1,000) for blacks, and 0.58% (1 in 172) for Hispanics.
- The risk of melanoma increases as people age. The average age of people when it is diagnosed is 63.
- But melanoma is not uncommon even among those younger than 30. In fact, it’s one of the most common cancers in young adults (especially young women).