Skin cancer: Shining light on the facts

Published May 31, 2018

Myth or Medicine: Melanoma

View the full Second Opinion episode on melanoma.

Second Opinion 5: Skin Cancer

Watch the video on five ways to check your skin for skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S.

Skin cancer includes basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma and other uncommon skin cancers.


In 2016, nine million commercially insured people had skin cancer


Melanoma rates, a relatively rare, but often deadly type of skin cancer, are rising


Protect your skin through thick and thin


* Results are overall prevalence rates for all types of skin cancer among commercially insured Americans. To view melanoma incidence rates by state, see the CDC website:

This BCBS study examines U.S. commercially insured members diagnosed with skin cancer and melanoma from 2014-2016 and uses the breadth and depth of data available through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index.SM All tips and advice here are recommended by the American Cancer Society, providing an overview of skin cancer prevention and early detection.

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