Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 07/01/06 One out of five Americans will develop skin cancer. While it is now the most common form of cancer in the United States, myths and misinformation about tanning are common, experts say. Dr. Erica Kelly, an assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, said she sees cases of skin cancer daily. “In the U.S., a million new cases are diagnosed each year,” Kelly said. “But if the cancer is found quickly enough, it is completely curable.” Kelly said about 80 percent of cases she sees are basal cell cancers, and about 16 percent are squamous cell cancers. Both types are highly curable if found early. Four percent are malignant melanoma. According to figures from the Skin Cancer Foundation, one person in America dies each hour from the disease.