Skin cancer facts and figures

* According to the NCI, between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have melanoma or nonmelanoma skin cancer at least once.

* Roughly 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet, or UV, radiation from the sun.

* According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, melanoma accounts for less than five percent of skin cancer cases, but it causes more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths.

* The World Health Organization reports that 10 minutes in a tanning bed matches the cancer-causing effects of 10 minutes in the Mediterranean summer sun.

To learn more about skin cancer, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation at www.skincancer.org.

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