Skin cancer is the most common cancer. About 5.4 million basal and squamous cell skin cancers are diagnosed each year. (These are found in about 3.3 million Americans; some people have more than one.) Melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, will account for about 76,380 cases of skin cancer in 2016.
Though the statistics are sobering, skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. The American Cancer Society encourages people to take steps to help lower their risk of this disease.