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There have been no significant advances in the medical treatment
or survival rate in the last 30 years.
- Melanoma cases are increasing at an epidemic rate of 3% a year.
- In the U.S. there are as many new cases of melanoma each year than
there are of AIDS.
- There were 59,000 new case of melanoma in the U.S. in 2005.
- Melanoma is the sixth most common cancer in the U.S.
- Melanoma is the most common cancer in men and women ages 20-29.
- 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.
- In the U.S. your chance of getting melanoma in 1940 was 1 in 1500.
By 2004, it was 1 in 67. By 2010, scientists predict it will be 1 in
- If caught in the earliest 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.