A report by Kimberly Leonard has found that the costs of skin cancer have increased greatly within the United States.
Treating skin cancer has become more expensive, between 2002 and 2011 growing five times faster than other forms of cancer treatments. The study that the report was based on came from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. It found that the average yearly cost for treating skin cancer has increased by 126 percent in the 2002-2011 time period.
Despite massive publicity campaigns, many Americans are still complacent about protecting their skin. Between 2001 and 2011 the rate of skin cancer increased significantly, by 1.6% per year among men. More people are being diagnosed with skin cancer and it is becoming more expensive to treat — a recipe for disaster.
Other forms of cancer have become more expensive to treat, but not to the same degree. On average they increased by 25 percent.
The deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, saw the large increase in treatment costs. It went up by 106 percent. Skin cancer now costs more to treat per person and in the community as a whole.
A large percentage of the costs of treating skin cancer are held by the public, with medicare covering 41 percent of the costs. This is due to the large number of seniors who have been diagnosed with skin cancer.
Skin cancer is usually caused by damaging ultraviolet light from the sun or from tanning beds. Prevention is key when it comes to skin cancer and there are a number of steps that can be taken to avoid it. Skin cancer is also on the increase in many other developed countries, despite many millions spent on awareness campaigns.