Melanoma shoulder

USA Melanoma Risk Rises to 1 in 5

American Academy of Dermatology Statistics

Statistics from the American Academy of Dermatology indicate that 1 in 5 Americans are expected to develop skin cancer in their lifetime.1

In 2014, there were an estimated 1,169,351 people living with melanoma of the skin in the United States and incidences of the disease are rising.2

The number of cases has widely been reported to be on the rise over the last 3 decades with an estimate that nearly 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.3

Source: See below for more information and references.

These statistics show just how prevalent skin cancer has become in the United States and similar statistics are seen in the UK.

Melanoma is potentially deadly, but when caught early, the chances of a good outcome are significantly improved.

That’s why doctors and dermatologists are urging people to be vigilant for changing moles or abnormal looking skin blemishes.

Self-Examination for Melanoma

There are 2 primary self-examination methods which people can use:

  • ABCDE method – look at Asymmetry, Border, Colour, Diameter and Evolving features. More information on ABCDE mole checking
  • ugly duckling sign – look out for a mole/moles which are different and ‘odd’

Doctors at Cosmedics Skin Clinics warn their patients to always be vigilant for suspicious moles and to regularly check themselves and loved ones in a detailed ‘top to toe’ mole check, even in the more unusual areas such as the scalp, or under the soles of the feet.

Dr Ross Perry, a leading mole removal expert who is the Company’s founder and Medical Director, advises patients to seek medical attention as soon as possible to rule out skin cancer.

Mole Removal Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer mole removal in London and Bristol with qualified and experienced doctors. Moles are removed using the latest surgical techniques including laser mole removal; with techniques designed to minimise scarring and make the procedure entirely painless.

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.


  1. Stern RS. Prevalence of a history of skin cancer in 2007: results of an incidence-based model. Arch Dermatol. 2010 Mar;146(3):279-82; Robinson JK. Sun Exposure, Sun Protection, and Vitamin D. JAMA 2005; 294: 1541-43.
  2. SEER Cancer Stat Facts: Melanoma of the Skin. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD,
  3. Rogers HW, Weinstock MA, Feldman SR, Coldiron BM. Incidence estimate of nonmelanoma skin cancer (keratinocyte carcinomas) in the US population. JAMA Dermatol. Published online April 30, 2015.; American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2017. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2017. Siegel RL, Miller KD, Jemal A. Cancer statistics, 2017. CA Cancer J Clin. 2017; 67:7-30.