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A Common, But Rarely Fatal, Cancer

A Common, But Rarely Fatal, Cancer

When you consider that your skin is the largest organ in your body, it may come as less of a surprise to learn that skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in America. With 2 million new cases diagnosed each year, it accounts for nearly half of all cancer cases in the U.S. About 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives, and between 40 and 50 percent of Americans over the age of 65 have had some form of skin cancer at least once. Despite those numbers, skin cancer is relatively easy to treat when detected early (which it usually is), making it rarely fatal.

By MedHelp Editors, published June 14, 2011