Key Statistics for Melanoma Skin Cancer

Source: American Cancer Society, July 2023

Cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths.

How common is melanoma?

  • The American Cancer Society’s estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2023 are:
  • About 97,610 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 58,120 in men and 39,490 in women).
  • About 7,990 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 5,420 men and 2,570 women).

The rates of melanoma have been rising rapidly over the past few decades, but this has varied by age. In adults ages 50 and older, rates continue to increase in women by about 1% per year from 2015 to 2019 but have stabilized in men.