When headed outdoors to enjoy the summer weather, don't forget the sunscreen. The CDC reports instances of melanoma, the variety of skin cancer that's potentially fatal, have doubled over the past three decades. It now occurs at a rate of roughly 23 cases per every 100 thousand people, and is responsible for approximately 9,000 deaths in the U.S. every year.
The collective cost of treatment is estimated to be about $460 million. It's anticipated the number of cases will continue to increase as will the price of tending to them. By 2030, the treatment tally could be upwards of 1.6 billion.
On an up note, there are simple preventative measures. Melanoma is linked to exposure to the sun and the UV rays its light contains. Using sunscreen, ideally with an SPF rating between 30 and 50, is one way to stave off its ill effects. Wearing hats and clothing while outdoors is also helpful in keeping sun-related issues. Widespread engagement in those practices, as well as steering clear of tanning beds and booths, could cut the projected nationwide increase by up to 20 percent.