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4.1 deaths per 100,000 people per year.

“The number of deaths attributed to genital NMSCs was higher than expected, and we believe HPV was the major cause of these cancers,” noted Dr. Weinstock. “The availability of the new HPV vaccine offers the potential for a substantial reduction in the development of these skin cancers for future generations.

Since HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, both men and women can practice preventive measures that could lead to a decline in mortality rates from genital NMSCs, and heed the warning signs of the disease – including new growths or sores that don’t heal – to detect it early.”

When the death rates from non-genital NMSCs were examined, Dr. Weinstock found that men were twice as likely as women to die from these typically sun-induced skin cancers that commonly occurred on the face, head or neck. Specifically, approximately 45,000 deaths were attributed to non-genital NMSC – roughly 27,000 deaths in men and 18,000 deaths in women.

Similar to the mortality rates for genital NMSCs, the number of deaths from non-genital NMSC also increased sharply with age for both genders. Overall, the combined number of men and women under age 65 who died from non-genital NMSC was less than one death per 100,000 people per year; for adults between the ages of 65-74, 1.9 deaths per 100,000 people per year was reported; for adults between the ages of 75-84, the number rose to 4.4 deaths per 100,000 people per year; and for adults age 85 and older, the number increased dramatically to 11.9 deaths per 100,000 people per year.

“The one bit of good news from our study is that overall the death rates from genital and non-genital nonmelanoma skin cancers have been declining over the years,” added Dr. Weinstock. “Even as the number of older adults increase each year, we are finding that the overall death rates are decreasing – which could be attributed to a greater early detection and prevention of s
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