The skin is the body’s largest organ. Its job is to protect internal organs against damage, heat and infection. The skin is also the most exposed organ to sunlight and other forms of harmful ultraviolet rays.
More than 1 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancers will be diagnosed in the United States this year. These cancers can usually be cured.
76,690 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year. More than 6,280 men and 3,200 women will die from the disease this year.
Melanoma is 10 times more common among Caucasians than in African-Americans.