An estimated 76,250 new cases of melanoma will occur this year - 6,020 more cases than occurred in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures 2012. This is one of the greatest jumps ever in the disease; between 2010 and 2011, melanoma cases rose by 2,100.
Another 55,560 cases of melanoma in situ (noninvasive tumors) are also predicted, and 9,180 deaths are expected from the disease – the highest number ever. Rates of the disease have been climbing steadily for the past 30 years. Though melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, it is also one of the most preventable cancers.