Projections for the number of new melanoma cases in 2015 give Texas the lowest estimated incidence and Oregon the highest, according to a report from the American Cancer Society.
Texas is expected to have 2,410 new cases of melanoma this year, for an incidence of 8.9 cases per 100,000 people. Oregon’s projected 1,480 melanoma cases for 2015 results in an incidence of 37.3 cases per 100,000 population. (The ACS projected the number of new cases, so incidences here are calculated via recent Census Bureau population estimates.)
After Texas, Louisiana should have the lowest melanoma rate at 11.6 per 100,000, followed by Arkansas and the District of Columbia, both at 12.1 per 100,000. On the upper end of the scale, Oregon will likely be followed by Washington, where the incidence for 2015 is expected to be 34.8 per 100,000, the ACS data show.
Using incidences (1995-2011) reported by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the ACS projected that 73,870 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the United States this year – meaning an overall incidence of 23.2 per 100,000, based on the same Census Bureau figures.
The ACS estimated that there will be 9,940 deaths from melanoma in 2015 – an incidence of 3.1 per 100,000 population – as well as 3,400 deaths from other forms of skin cancer, not including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.