Skin cancer is far and away the most common cancer in the world, affecting more than two million people each year and accounting for upwards of 75 percent of all cancers. Thankfully, most cases are easily preventable with some simple precautions.
The primary cause of skin cancer is exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of sunlight – tanning beds and sunlamps are not a safe alternative. Those with fairer skin are at greater risk, as are those with a family history. Skin cancer is approximately three times more prevalent in men than in women, and it is most often seen in older people – though skin cancers of all types are on the rise in people between the ages of 20-35 years.