Patterns: Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Cases Soar

March 23, 2010

The New York Times

The most common cancer in the United States is nonmelanoma skin cancer, but the exact number of cases is unknown because they are generally not tracked by cancer registries. Now, a new study reports that Americans are developing those cancers at record numbers, with 3.5 million cases a year in 2 million people, as of 2006. (Patients with a skin cancer often develop another one within the year.)

Among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries alone, the number of skin-cancer-related procedures nearly doubled over 14 years, to 2 million in 2006, up from 1.1 million in 1992, according to the study, published in the March issue of Archives of Dermatology... read more