Medical statistics - does anyone understand this ?

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I was just wandering, I recently came across a wikipedia article about the causes of death:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._death_by_rate

I saw how down skin diseases/melanoma is on the list at around 0.8-1.4 per 100,000 which is much lower than I had anticipated.

Having said that, it is one of the most common cancers and there's lots of publicity to use sunscreen etc so could someone explain ?

Is the actual death rate different and is it highly unlikely that one would die from skin cancer as opposed to other conditions ?

Am I misunderstanding this ?
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Non-melanoma skin cancers are extremely common, but relatively few deaths are caused by them.

Malignant melanoma survival has been improving and is now amongst the highest for any cancer (84% of men and 92% of women survive the disease for at least five years after diagnosis)

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/canc...s/skin-cancer/
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(Original post by cinchonamedic)
I was just wandering, I recently came across a wikipedia article about the causes of death:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._death_by_rate

I saw how down skin diseases/melanoma is on the list at around 0.8-1.4 per 100,000 which is much lower than I had anticipated.

Having said that, it is one of the most common cancers and there's lots of publicity to use sunscreen etc so could someone explain ?

Is the actual death rate different and is it highly unlikely that one would die from skin cancer as opposed to other conditions ?

Am I misunderstanding this ?
This is the number of people who die from skin disease each year, per 100 000 population. The incidence of malignant melanoma (one of the biggest skin disease killers) is around 17-18 per 100 000 population - http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/canc...nce-statistics

The 5-year survival of melanoma would be something like 90%, so remember most of the 17-18 per 100000 will survive, and only a few - 0.8-1.4 - will die.


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The publicity is because its a cancer that is highly preventable, and because melanoma affects the young disproportionately.
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