While most people underestimate the danger and the seriousness of skin cancer, the most serious forms of skin cancer can be fatal.
There are several types of skin cancer: melanoma, basal cell, and squamous cell.
Melanoma is the most serious and the most deadly form of cancer, though it is not the most
common form of cancer. It can be almost 100 percent curable if it is caught in the early stages of the cancer. However, if the melanoma is not caught in time, it can spread to other parts of the body. Once the cancer has spread-or metastasized-it is much, much more difficult to treat and to cure, and is often times fatal. According to estimates made by the American Cancer Society, in 2007 8,110 people will die of melanoma skin cancer: 5,220 men will die of melanoma, and 2,800 women will die of it in the United States. Further, the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2007 almost 60,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed. Of these 60,000 new cases, almost 40,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in men, and about 26,000 will be diagnosed in women.
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