Skin Cancer Facts

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Skin cancer facts & figures

In Australia, every year:

  • skin cancers account for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. One in two Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • GPs in Australia have approximately 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer.
  • more than 374,000 people are treated for non-melanoma skin cancers, of which more than 400 die.
  • more than 9500 people are treated for melanoma, of which more than 1200 die.
  • melanoma is the most common cancer in people aged 15-39 years.
  • melanoma is the third most common cancer in both women and men.
  • Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, at nearly four times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.
  • the rate of melanoma incidence in women has risen by an average of 0.7% a year between 1993 and 2003 – a total increase of 6.8% over this decade. For men, the rate has risen by 1.7% a year, a total of 18.7% over the same period.
  • the five-year relative survival rate for melanoma is 90% for Australian men and 95% for Australian women.
  • skin cancer is the most expensive cancer. In 2001, it was estimated the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer cost $264 million and melanoma $30 million.


Cancer Council

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Australasian Association of Cancer Registries, Cancer in Australia 2001, Canberra, 2004.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Health system expenditures on cancer and other neoplasms in Australia, 2000-01. Health and Welfare Expenditure Series Number 22. Canberra: AIHW 2005.

National Cancer Control Initiative, The 2002 National Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Survey, Melbourne, 2003.