Here’s a sobering fact: Since the 1980s, incidences of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have doubled. “The statistics are staggering — mortality rates for melanoma are increasing faster than those for all other common cancers after esophageal cancer,” says Elizabeth Hale, a dermatologist in New York City and a senior vice president of the Skin Cancer Foundation. “Skin cancer is such a unique cancer because we know exactly what causes it — the sun’s ultraviolet rays — and we can limit sun exposure,” says Hale. Yet over the last 30 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined, a fact as confusing as it is scary.
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