Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma): Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2015

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people are diagnosed with these types of non-melanoma skin cancer each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

It is estimated that more than two million people in the United States are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer each year. Basal cell carcinoma is far more common than squamous cell carcinoma. 

In general, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are typically curable and are not traditionally included in overall cancer statistics. Despite this, about 2,000 people die from non-melanoma skin cancer each year, while 9,940 people die every year from melanoma.

Cancer statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of cancer in the United States each year, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with non-melanoma skin cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 and the ACS website.

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