Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Melanoma accounts for just 1 percent of skin cancer cases.
However, melanoma causes the majority of skin cancer deaths, primarily because once it metastasizes, there are limited treatment options.
According to estimates, doctors will diagnose 96,480 new cases of melanoma in the United States this year, and there will be 7,230 related deaths.
Melanoma occurs most often in older adults, but it is also one of the most common cancers in younger people.