When outdoors for an hour or longer on a warm, bright day, less than 50% of older adults cover their skin or protect it in any way against the sun. This could increase their chance of developing skin cancer.
Over 5 million people in the United States receive skin cancer treatment annually, which costs around $8.1 billion. Although people over the age of 65 account for the majority of skin cancer cases, there hasn’t been much emphasis on measures to reduce the risk of skin cancer in this age group.
Here are some facts about skin cancer in the US:
- By the age of 70, 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer;
- In the United States, skin cancer claims more than two lives per hour;
- Your risk of melanoma doubles if you have had five or more sunburns;
- Melanoma has a 99 percent 5-year survival rate when found early.