Approximately 450000 Australians are treated for skin cancer each year. It kills 1600 Australians every year of which 1200 are due to melanoma.
- Australia has the highest skin cancer incidence rate in the world.
- Approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
- The majority of these deaths are preventable. Malignant melanoma is a deadly skin cancer if not treated early, and because it spreads rapidly, accounts for 1200 of these annual deaths.
- The remaining 400 deaths result from the more common types of cancer when they have grown too large and/or have spread throughout the body.
- Australians are four times more likely to develop a skin cancer than any other form of cancer.
Many hundreds of Australians need not die every year.
- Exposure to sunlight especially in childhood and adolescence is the number one factor in causing skin cancer.
- A history of severe sunburn increases the risk of developing melanoma, and long-term sun exposure increases the risks of both non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma.
- Fair skinned Australians are in the highest risk group of developing skin cancers, but Australians with olive complexions are certainly not immune to the problem.
- Residents of Queensland, Western Australia, NSW and Tasmania face the highest risk of developing Melanoma, followed by ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory.
- Males are marginally more likely to develop Melanoma than females in Australia, but for both sexes this equals approximately 10% of all newly diagnosed cancers each year.
- The incidence of newly diagnosed Melanoma is rising worldwide
Our specially trained doctors in Skin cancer are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management and ongoing prevention of skin cancer. Please contact our practice to make an appointment.