According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 76,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin in 2014;1 approximately 9,300 deaths were caused by melanomas that same year.1
Not only is skin cancer the most common form of cancer in the U.S.,2 the cost of treatment has increased exponentially.3 The current annual cost of treatment for skin cancer in the U.S. has been estimated at $8.1 billion.2
Skin cancer doesn’t just come with high direct costs for Americans — there are also high indirect costs. Every year, Americans lose more than $100 million in productivity because of restricted activity or absence from work due to skin cancer.4
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends counseling young adults, adolescents, children, and parents of young children about minimizing exposure to ultraviolet radiation for persons aged 6 months to 24 years with fair skin types to reduce their risk of skin cancer.5
The CDC suggests that, “Providing and encouraging sun protection for outdoor workers helps create a healthy and safe workplace. It can also increase productivity, which ultimately saves money.”4
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1 “Skin Cancer Statistics”; CDC. Page last updated: June 7, 2017. www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/statistics
2 “Skin Cancer Statistics & Facts”; The Skin Cancer Foundation. Last Updated: May 3, 2018. www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts
3 “Skin Cancer Treatment Costs On The Rise”; US News and World Report. Published: November 10, 2014. www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2014/11/10/skin-cancer-treatment-costs-on-the-rise
4 “Outdoor Work Sites”; CDC. Accessed: June 2, 2017. www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/pdf/skincancer_employees.pdf
5 USPSTF A and B Recommendations. CDC. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. April 2018. www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Name/uspstf-a-and-b-recommendations