The incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer has been increasing over the past decades. Currently, between 2 and 3 million non-melanoma skin cancer and 132,000 melanoma skin cancer occur globally each year. One in every three cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer and, according to Skin Cancer Foundation Statistics, one in every five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
As ozone levels are depleted, the atmosphere loses more and more of its protective filter function and more solar UV radiation reaches the Earth’s surface. It is estimated that a 10 per cent decrease in ozone levels will result in an additional 300,000 non-melanoma and 4,500 melanoma skin cancer cases per year. The global incidence of melanoma continues to increase – however, the main factors that predispose to the development of melanoma seem to be connected with recreational exposure to the sun and a history of sunburn in childhood.
The earlier skin cancer is recognized, the better the chances to cure it. And that’s where the Skin Cancer App can help!