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Can you die from skin cancer?

Solbari blog: Can you die from skin cancer?

The answer in short is yes. But the good news is that the survival rate is high if detected early. The survival rate also differs significantly depending on the type of skin cancer you have been diagnosed with.

Melanoma skin cancer is the most deadly form of skin cancer. The incidence rates of melanoma vary from country to country as you’d expect given the different levels of UV light exposure.

In the US, The American Cancer Society estimates around 90,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in 2018. Around 9,300 are expected to die from melanoma skin cancer in the same year.

In the UK, it is reported that 12,800 people were diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in 2010. 7 people die a day in the UK from melanoma skin cancer, that equates to over 2,500 deaths per annum every year. Surprisingly, more people die from melanoma skin cancer in the UK than in Australia which is renowned for its high rates of skin cancer.

In Australia, it is estimated that over 14,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in 2018. Around 2,000 people a year die from melanoma skin cancer in Australia.

The number of people who are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer is far greater than that of melanoma skin cancer but the survival rates are much higher also. For example, over 100,000 people a year are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer in the UK (versus 12,800 cases of melanoma as highlighted above in 2010). Whilst it is possible to also die from non-melanoma skin cancer the survival rates are much higher than that of melanoma skin cancer.

Skin cancer is primarily caused by cumulative UV light exposure. Whilst skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer it is also one of the most preventable. Dermatologists recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing and sun hats as the best preventative measure against skin cancer.

Solbari Sun Protection offers a range of award-winning UPF50+ sun protective clothing, sun hats, arm sleeves, gloves and umbrellas. All of the Solbari’s products are tested and rated UPF50+ by the Australian Government.

You can find out more about Solbari's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the blue links below:  

Women UPF50+  
Men UPF50+  
Sun hats UPF50+  
Accessories UPF50+ 

The Solbari Team  
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional.



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