Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Facts

If you were recently diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer, you may understandably be going through a range of emotions. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer worldwide, so it is very common to experience unease, anxiety, and other feelings following a diagnosis. But what may provide some peace of mind is the knowledge that non-melanoma skin cancer is very treatable once detected. Additionally, knowing some common non-melanoma skin cancer facts and statistics may help to ease your mind as you navigate the treatment process. And, knowing these facts for yourself and sharing them with others can increase the likelihood of preventing skin cancer in the future. 

One of GentleCure’s most prevalent goals is to educate patients so that they’re better-informed participants in their treatment decisions. We hope this overview of skin cancer facts proves useful as you explore your treatment options.

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics to Know

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Facts from the American Academy of Dermatology

  • Research estimates show that non-melanoma skin cancers, including Basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma, affect more than 3 million Americans every year.
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer can affect anyone, no matter their skin color.

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Facts from the Skin Cancer Foundation

  • When detected early on, the five-year skin cancer survival rate is 99 percent.
  • About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, with an estimated 4.3 million diagnoses each year.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer, with an estimated 1 million + cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
  • Although skin cancer is not contagious, individuals who have had an organ transplant are approximately 100 times more likely to develop Squamous cell carcinoma than the general population.
  • Daily use of a sunscreen with 15 SPF or higher reduces your risk of developing Squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent.

What Affects the Skin Cancer Survival Rate?

The most important factor that affects the skin cancer survival rate is how early on the skin cancer is detected. However, there are a few additional factors to take into consideration, including:

  • The age of the patient
  • The patient’s access to care and treatment
  • Whether the patient currently has any other chronic diseases, and how well they’re being managed if there are any

Call GentleCure to Learn About Treatment Options

Basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma are two of the most common types of non-melanoma skin cancers, and both are treatable with Image-Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (IG-SRT). When detected and treated early on, the skin cancer survival rate is very good. If you are interested in learning more about IG-SRT as a non-invasive treatment option, call 312-987-6543 to speak with a skin cancer information specialist. We can tell you all about how IG-SRT works, and what to expect during appointments.  If you’ve already decided that IG-SRT may be right for you but are having trouble finding a location near you, we can help you locate the dermatlogy practices nearest you that offer IG-SRT.