General skin cancer facts

Anyone can get skin cancer no matter the color of their skin. Many people do not realize that people of color are also at risk for skin cancer. In fact, black reggae legend Bob Marley died at the age of 36 from melanoma skin cancer that had spread in his body.

  • Over the last 30 years, there have been more cases of skin cancer than all other types of cancer combined.
  • It’s estimated that one in five Americans will have skin cancer during their lifetime.
  • Each year in the U.S., nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer at a cost of about $8.1 billion.

The Skin Cancer is Color Blind educational campaign was developed as an ASDS Future Leaders Network project by Arash Koochek, MD, MPH.