Home  |  Contact Us  |  Site Map
| MENU |

Skin Cancer Facts

  • Skin cancer is the most common form of all cancers
  • 1 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year alone. This is not just in transplant recipients, but includes all U.S. citizens
    • Many of these expected diagnoses could have been prevented by protection from the sun’s rays and avoiding indoor tanning.
  • In the U.S. general population, Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer accounting for 80% of skin cancer cases. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second in the number of cases accounting for 16%. Melanoma, although potentially the most dangerous skin cancer, is the least common accounting for 4%
  • Substantially more than 1 million unreported cases of basal cell or squamous cell cancers occur annually
    • Most, but not all, of these forms of skin cancer are highly curable
  • The rate of skin cancer in people who have had transplants can be as high as 80% within 20 years after the transplant
  • 11,590 people in the United States will die of skin cancer in 2009. 8,650 from melanoma and 2,940 from other skin cancers. American Cancer Society’s 2009 Facts and Figures
  • In the general population 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer. The frequency of skin cancer in fair-skinned populations living closer to the equator, or with extremely sunny climates such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South and Central America, may have rates as high as 1 in 2 persons
  • Immunosuppressed transplant recipients are 65 times more likely to develop a squamous cell carcinoma than the general population
  • Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer in immunosuppressed transplant recipients
  • The risk of developing a skin cancer increases with increasing time from transplant
    • Heart transplant recipients tend to experience a dramatic rise in the incidence of skin cancer ~5 years after their transplant.
    • Liver and kidney transplant recipients tend to experience a dramatic rise in the incidence of skin cancer ~10 years after transplant
  • 10-45 % of transplant recipients have a skin cancer 10 years after transplant
  • Four years after heart transplant, one study showed that 25% of deaths were caused by skin cancer

AAD website skin Cancer facts sheet.

Back



Updated on Friday, June 22nd, 2012

ITSCC

Your tax-deductible donation supports the education and research of physicians and scientists committed to improving the quality of life of organ transplant recipients. If you are unable to donate online or require other information to make a gift through a trust or other source, email info@itscc.org for additional assistance. ITSCC's federal tax ID is 43-1964114.

Support ITSCC video

ITSCC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and has received support through unrestricted educational grants from pharmaceutical companies and donations of time and funds from physicians, researchers, transplant patients and their families.