Skin Cancer In America

New Health Union survey data helps the healthcare industry better understand and reach people living with skin cancer

For the fourth year in a row, Health Union has gathered patient-reported data from hundreds of real people impacted by skin cancer. The fourth annual Skin Cancer In America survey quantifies the true impact of this condition among patients – going beyond basic demographics and symptoms to establish a deep understanding of the holistic patient journey for those affected and to track trends over time.

The new data from the fourth annual Skin Cancer In America survey reveals deep insights of a population of 1,029 diagnosed respondents, of which 98% have had surgery with excision (Mohs being the most common), 6% have used radiation, and 14% currently use a topical medication. 63% of respondents say sun safety/skin cancer prevention is their primary focus* and 24% say that recurrence is only a concern when they are having a skin check, scan, and/or diagnostic test with their HCP.

*Top 2 box on a 7-pt. scale

Skin Cancer Patient Survey Data
Skin Cancer Patient Survey Data
Skin Cancer Patient Survey Data

In particular, people diagnosed with melanoma or MCC* are more likely than people diagnosed with other types of skin cancers to:

  • Have had an HCP or friend/family notice their skin cancer
  • Undergo scans or skin checks every 3-5 months to monitor their cancer
  • Receive systemic chemotherapy, radiation, or palliative care
  • Be younger, employed full-time, and have group coverage

This access to a broad base of knowledge, facts and data gleaned from Health Union’s open online health communities like, and syndicated research allows the healthcare industry to harness the power of Health Union’s continuous immersion in the patient experience to deliver smarter insights and implications–so you can spend your time developing the strategies that will make a difference.

*Melanoma & MCC, n=445; All others, n=584