• Malignant melanoma is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer, with around 42 people being diagnosed every day.
  • Around 110,300 people were living with malignant melanoma in the UK in 2010,
  • Malignant melanoma is the eleventh most common cause of cancer death in the UK. Around 2,500 people die from malignant melanoma every year in the UK.
  • 7 people die every day from malignant melanoma in the UK
  • However, 88% of men and 92% of women live for more than five years after their malignant melanoma diagnosis.
  • 97% of men and 98% of women live for more than one year after their malignant melanoma diagnosis

Doctors collect statistical information about the different types of cancer and prognosis. Prognosis is the likely outcome of your disease and treatment.  In other words, your chances of getting better and how long you are likely to live.

The main thing you should know is that if you have had an early melanoma, with no spread to your lymph nodes or any other part of your body, then it is highly likely that simply removing it will cure you.  Melanoma is more difficult to treat in the later stages. 

Of all those diagnosed with melanoma in England and Wales, about 86 out of every 100 people will live for at least 5 years.  About 83 out of every 100 people diagnosed with melanoma will live for at least 10 years.

Melanoma Skin Cancer, European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates, UK, 1993-2015 [i] 

Cancer Research UK, Melanoma skin cancer incidence trends over time, 2018. Available at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/melanoma-skin-cancer/incidence#heading-Two. Last accessed: December 2018