Skin Cancer

No Surrender offer a wealth of information about Skin Cancer. We understand the support patients may need along the way and we also provide all the latest medical information regarding the symptoms and treatment for the different types of Skin Cancer.

You can also find out the leading Skin Cancer hospitals and support groups right here.

Skin Cancer Prognosis and Survival Rates

The key to understanding your skin cancer prognosis is understanding the various stages of skin cancer. 

Skin Cancer Types: Staging

The method used to stage melanoma is based mainly on the thickness of the tumour and whether cancer has spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body. The staging system is based on the following:

The following stages are used for melanoma:

Stage 0 (Melanoma in Situ)

In stage 0, abnormal melanocytes are found in the epidermis. These abnormal melanocytes may become cancer and spread into nearby normal tissue. Stage 0 is also called melanoma in situ.

Stage I

In stage I, cancer has formed. Stage I is divided into stages IA and IB.

Stage II

Stage II is divided into stages IIA, IIB, and IIC.

Stage III

In stage III, the tumour may be any thickness, with or without ulceration. One or more of the following is true:

Stage IV

In stage IV, the cancer has spread to other places in the body, such as the lung, liver, brain, bone, soft tissue, or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Cancer may also spread to places in the skin far away from where the cancer first started.

Skin Cancer Statistics

Survival Rates

Death Rates

Skin cancer statistics table

Skin cancer - UK

Males

Females

Persons

Number of new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer (UK 2008)

55,014

43,840

98,854

Incidence rate per 100,000 population*

143.3

94.5

115.6

Number of deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer (UK 2008)

309

182

491

Mortality rate per 100,000 population*

0.7

0.3

0.5

Number of new cases of malignant melanoma (UK 2008)

5,584

6,183

11,767

Incidence rate per 100,000 population*

15.9

16.5

16.1

Number of deaths from malignant melanoma (UK 2008)

1,121

946

2,067

Mortality rate per 100,000 population*

3.1

2.2

2.6

Five-year survival rate (adult patients diagnosed 2001-2006, England)

81%

90%

-%

*age-standardized to the European population