Skin Cancer (Melanoma) Data


To monitor skin cancer (melanoma of the skin) trends and screening rates, as part of a larger effort to reduce deaths from this disease.

Key Information

Newly diagnosed tumors, deaths from skin cancer.

Collection Periods

Death data since 1969; newly diagnosed cancers since 1987; cancer screening since 1997.

Rhode Island Numbers

  • About 240 Rhode Islanders were diagnosed with melanoma of the skin on average every year from 2007 through 2011.
  • An average of 33 people died due to melanoma every year from 2007 through 2011.

By Gender

  • Rhode Island males get melanoma of the skin at a rate about one-and-a-half times higher than females from 2007 through 2011.
  • Males are, however, about twice as likely as females to die from melanoma from 2006 through 2010.
  • The death rate for 2007 was too low to be publicly reported for males and similarly too low for females in 2008.

By Race / Ethnicity

  • White Rhode Islanders get melanoma of the skin about 36 times more than blacks from 2007 through 2011.
  • White Rhode Islanders accounted for nearly all (99.5%) of melanoma deaths 1999 to 2010.

By Age

  • Older Rhode Islanders are more likely to get melanoma of the skin. The rate of new cases is highest for Rhode Islanders over 80.
  • The death rate from melanoma of the skin also increases with age and also highest for persons over 80.


based on age-adjusted population data from the US Census estimates computed for individual calendar years. Death rates are not shown for years in which there are fewer than 10 deaths of the type observed, following the rule of the National Center for Health Statistics. For example, there were fewer than ten deaths from melanoma of skin among Rhode Island women in 2008, so the death rate for that year has been suppressed.