The True Impact of Skin Cancer
We conducted our second large survey of people who have skin cancer and asked many questions about what it's like being diagnosed with a type of skin cancer. Here are the highlights of what our community shared with us:
Many shapes and sizes of skin cancer
Skin cancer signs may vary but visible changes on the body were reported for every skin cancer type. There are certainly cases of skin cancer that can develop without any visible signs - so any changes in your health should be discussed with your physician.
From head to toe
While skin cancer can develop on areas of the body that are not exposed to the sun, most of the survey respondents listed skin cancer locations on the face and limbs. Non-melanoma (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) was most common on the face while melanoma was most common on legs followed by the arms and the back.
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Constantly monitoring for recurrence
More than half of respondents have had skin cancer more than once. Melanoma patients were less likely to have skin cancer more than once. While basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are considered less serious, constant monitoring for recurrence is backed by the numbers.
Is skin cancer really that serious?
Living with skin cancer
When asked "If you could describe Skin Cancer in ONE WORD, what would that one word be?"
No matter the type, a skin cancer diagnosis can make a real impact on someone's life. From dealing with treatment and living with the fear of recurrence, it's important to people with a skin cancer diagnosis that they are taken seriously and receive the support they deserve.
The Skin Cancer In America 2018 online survey gathered insights from 805 individuals who were diagnosed with at least one type of skin cancer to better understand their diagnosis and treatment, as well as the impact on their lives.
Have you taken our Beyond the Cancer Diagnosis Survey?