Sun rays do increase the rate of skin cancer, but for every one person that dies of skin cancer, over 100 die from cardiovascular disease.
- People who get carcinomas tend to be healthy people that get plenty of sunlight. Carcinomas are seldom fatal.
- Melanoma, the deadly type of skin cancer, accounts for 1 - 3 % of new skin cancers. The most significant cause of melanomas is sporadic sunburn.