Melanoma Epidemiology

  • Approximately 2.3% of men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma at some point in their lifetime1
  • In 2016, an estimated 1,195,608 people in the United States were living with melanoma
  • Estimated new cases in 2019 = 96,480, or 5.5 % of all new cancer cases1,2
    • The number of new melanoma cases was 22.2 per 100,000 men and women per year1
    • According to recent data, over the past decade rates for new melanoma cases has been rising by an average of 1.5% annually1
  • Melanoma is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 65-74, and the median age at diagnoses is 65 years1
    • Though the risk of melanoma increases with age, melanoma is one of the most common cancers among young adults (particularly young women)2
    • There are more new cases among Caucasians compared to any other ethnic group1,2
    • Melanoma is more common in men and among individuals with fair complexion and those who have been exposed to natural or artificial sunlight over extended periods of time1,3
    • Melanoma can occur in any ethnic group and in areas of the body with limited sun exposure1,2
  • Estimated deaths in 2019 = 7,230, or 1.2% of all cancer deaths1,2
    • Death rates are higher among middle aged and older adult patients1
    • Median age at death = 70 years1
    • The number of deaths was 2.5 per 100,000 men and women per year1
    • Based on data from 2007-2016, death rates due to melanoma have been decreased by an average of 2.5 % annually1
  • According to data from 2009-2015, the percent of individuals with melanoma surviving 5 years = 92.2 %1


  1. National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program. Cancer Facts: Melanoma of the Skin. Available at: Accessed June 30, 2019.
  2. American Cancer About Melanoma Skin Cancer. Key Statistics for Melanoma Skin Cancer. Available at: Accessed: June 30, 2019
  3. National Comprehensive Cancer Network. NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Cutaneous Melanoma. Version 2.2019. March 12, 2019. Available at: Assessed: June 30, 2019