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Most types of skin cancers are rarely fatal because they rarely spread to other parts of the body. One type (melanoma) can spread rapidly to the liver, lungs and brain, and is often fatal. Melanoma is most common among fair skinned people who have been exposed to excessive sunlight. Depletion of the ozone layer in the upper atmoshere results in more ultraviolet light which damages the skin and promotes several types of skin cancer. Melanoma can occur on the skin of any part of the body, and at any age after puberty, but peaks between ages 50 to 70 years.

Skin cancers caused 0.12% of all deaths worldwide in 2002, an average of 11 deaths per million people per year and 1% of all deaths from cancer.

International Classification of Diseases-10 codes: C43-C44,

Territories are sized in proportion to the absolute number of people who died from melanoma and other skin cancer in one year.


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