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The American Cancer Society’s Annual Report Reveals Melanoma Cases Continue to Rise – Allure

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New cases of the skin cancer are expected to increase by about 5.7 percent this year.

The American Cancer Society has released its annual statistics report for 2019, giving us even more reason to step up our sun-care routine.

This year’s report found that skin cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the U.S., and melanoma skin cancer diagnoses continue to rise. In 2019, new cases of melanoma are expected to increase by about 5.7 percent, from 91,270 news cases in 2018 to a projected estimate of 96,479 new cases in 2019.

“More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, [and] skin cancer incidence — including both melanoma and non-melanoma — has been on the rise,” says Elizabeth Goldberg, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City and a spokesperson for the Skin Cancer Foundation. “[But] there is one positive way to interpret these statistics: We’re finding more skin cancer because more people are getting screened for skin cancers than ever before, which shows that awareness efforts are working.”

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