The Scary Truth About the Rise in Melanoma Rates

New research shows that Americans still aren’t totally getting the sunscreen-is-so-important message.

As published in JAMA Dermatology, the latest stats show that in 2016, one out of 54 Americans was expected to develop a potentially lethal, invasive form of melanoma during their lifetime—a number that is up from the one in 58 estimate that was tallied in 2009. Melanoma also remains the most common cancer in the U.S.

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Even scarier: The death rate associated with melanoma is up. In 2016, the disease is expected to claim 10,130 lives—a jump from 8,650 deaths in 2009.

One interesting finding from the research: Melanoma rates dropped in the Northeast region (states including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont) over a decade and death rates declined in six of the nine states.