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found that of the 74,000 deaths that occurred over a 32-year period from NMSCs, genital NMSCs claimed the lives of nearly 30,000 men and women. Of the nearly 30,000 deaths attributed to genital NMSC, women were three times more likely to die of this type of cancer than men – with 22,000 deaths occurring in women compared to 8,000 deaths in men.

“As dermatologists, we expect to see skin cancers induced by ultraviolet light, because sunlight is one of the primary risk factors for the disease,” said Dr. Weinstock. “But some of the most dangerous types of skin cancers are those that are not sun-induced, such as skin cancers that occur on genital skin – a place that is not exposed to intense sun and is not routinely examined by dermatologists. That’s why there needs to be an increased awareness of this issue, so patients and physicians can be better prepared to detect these cancers early before they become fatal.”

Dr. Weinstock reports that the number of deaths from genital NMSCs increased with age, when mortality rates were age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population based on the number of deaths per 100,000 people per year. Specifically, the number of women under age 65 who died of genital NMSCs were less than one death per 100,000 people per year. For a city of 1 million people, one death per 100,000 means that 10 people die per year.

For women between the ages of 65-74, 1.8 deaths per 100,000 people per year were reported; for women between the ages of 75-84, the number rose to 4.1 deaths per 100,000 people per year; and for women age 85 and older, the number jumped to 8.8 deaths per 100,000 people per year.

For men under age 65, less than 0.5 deaths per 100,000 people per year were reported; for men between the ages of 65-74, 1.0 death per 100,000 people per year was reported; for men between the ages of 75-84, the number rose to 1.9 deaths per 100,000 people per year; and for men age 85 and older, the number jumped to
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